Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford reveals perfect response to England call-up

While the international break is considered a boring period for most supporters, Leeds United will be keeping their eye on one player in particular.

Last week, Patrick Bamford was finally given his first England call-up for the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland.

With Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin expected to be ahead of him in Gareth Southgate’s pecking order, the Whites striker’s game time might be limited but it will provide valuable experience if nothing else.

He got off the mark for the season in the 1-1 draw against Burnley on Sunday afternoon as his late equaliser cancelled out Chris Wood’s opener.

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It was a tough game for Bamford who was locked in battle with James Tarkowski but after earning his side a well-deserved point, focus quickly turned to his upcoming Three Lions involvement.

When asked about how he felt when he received the news, his face was decorated with a smile from ear to ear.

“To be honest, I’m over the moon,” he said. “I was saying to family ‘it’s the first international break since November or December last year where I’ve not got my hopes up and thought maybe it’ll happen’ and I’d totally forgot about it.

“Then the morning of the call-up I was kind of surprised but delighted!”

For Leeds supporters, acknowledgement from Southgate has been long overdue for last season’s top goal scorer with many fans expecting him to be part of the squad for Euro 2020.

As it transpired, if he had been selected for the tournament, he wouldn’t have got much time on the pitch with second-choice striker Calvert-Lewin only getting 17 minutes of action.

Bamford will, of course, be hoping to make his debut in one of the three matches but it will not be a massive surprise if his involvement is limited during the upcoming break.

However, with the next World Cup in just over a year, it will be vital for the Leeds striker to show Southgate just how useful he can be with the winter tournament in Qatar firmly on the horizon.

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