Pundit claims Leeds striker Patrick Bamford wrong to miss out on Gareth Southgate's England Euro 2020 squad
Curtis Woodhouse has claimed on Twitter that there was nothing more Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford could have done to make Gareth Southgate’s provisional England squad for Euro 2020.
Southgate has elected to name five strikers in his 33-man plans after choosing to include a few more options with the European cup finals still to come, but will have to trim his numbers to 26 by June 1.
Woodhouse cannot believe that Bamford did not even make the 33, though, after seeing the Leeds star net 17 goals in his first season as a first-choice Premier League striker and laying on a further eight assists.
Only Golden Boot winner Harry Kane (23), Mohamed Salah (22) and Bruno Fernandes (18, nine penalties) found the back of the net more often than Bamford, who Woodhouse cannot believe was overlooked in favour of Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins.
The Villans star scored three times fewer than Bamford and offered three fewer assists, but scored on his England debut during the March internationals while the Leeds talisman is yet to represent his country at the senior level.
“You can’t tell me Watkins has had a better season than Bamford? I can’t have that,” former England U21 international Woodhouse noted. “Sometimes there’s absolutely nothing you can do. People make judgments early and can’t see past them.”
Of Watkins’ 14 goals in the Premier League this season, four came against Liverpool and three versus Arsenal, while Bamford scored one against the Reds, one versus Chelsea, one at Leicester City and struck a hat-trick at Villa Park.
TBR’s view: Leeds’ Bamford unlucky to miss out
Bamford was certainly one of the stars of Leeds’ season upon their return to the Premier League as the bigger occasion was clearly no issue for the Grantham-born striker.
He will count himself unlucky to have missed out on a place in Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020, as Woodhouse is right to wonder what more Bamford could have done to have made the cut while Watkins snuck in.
The other strikers Southgate selected are either names you would expect to be there in Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, while Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford also offer some versatility by being able to play out wide as well as through the centre.
It is probably in Bamford’s lack of ability to play anywhere but a central position that Southgate omitted him, but the decision should now fuel the 27-year-old to recharge over the summer and hit the new season even stronger to Leeds’ benefit.