Patrick Bamford shares what he told Gareth Southgate while with England
Patrick Bamford has shared with Sky Sports what he told Gareth Southgate after the Leeds United star enjoyed his first taste of being a part of the England camp.
Bamford got his chance for the most recent international break. It came after he scored 17 goals in his first Premier League season with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
He made his debut on his 28th birthday as England hosted Andorra in their World Cup qualifier.
Bamford did not score while on the pitch. And it appeared to be a potentially frustrating experience for the striker as he was given little to work with before being taken off.
But judging by his comments, it appeared that that game took none of the shine away from his time with the Three Lions.
“I was delighted,” he told Sky Sports. “I’ve just got to work hard now to keep my name in the frame.
“I said to Gareth when he was speaking to me on the camp, ‘I don’t want to go back’. I was enjoying it so much, it was such a good atmosphere, the training. It was something that will live with me forever.”
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Bamford has one league goal so far this season. But several of his performances have been impressive.
Bielsa’s men are yet to reach anything like their best so far. But against the likes of Everton, Burnley and Liverpool, Bamford was arguably up there as one of Leeds’s best players.
Gary Neville was full of praise for Bamford in that Liverpool game. And he scored a clever equaliser against Burnley.
There is plenty of competition for those England striker spots.
The likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings all missed out on the previous squad.
So Bamford will know the challenge that he faces trying to keep his place in the England squad.
And Leeds will be hoping that they benefit from Bamford setting his sights on remaining in Southgate’s plans moving forward.