This September, Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has been called up to the England setup for the very first time.
Following his stellar 2020/21 Premier League form, Bamford missed out on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man selection for the European Championships – in which Kalvin Phillips starred – but has been given the nod this time around.
England are set to face Hungary, Andorra and Poland over a six-day period at the beginning of next month.
Bamford joined up with the rest of the squad at St George’s Park yesterday, being put through his paces in a maiden, late afternoon training session alongside his new international peers.
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, who had conceded a Bamford toe-poke just 24 hours earlier, also joined up with the squad on Monday lunchtime, as well as Kalvin Phillips.
Former teammate of Bamford’s Ben White is absent from this group after falling ill having sealed a bumper transfer to Arsenal.
Equally, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has withdrawn from the squad with a thigh injury.
While this information would ordinarily be largely inconsequential for Leeds fans, it does mean that Bamford now stands a strong chance of making his senior England debut in the next ten days.
England’s three matches take place in quick succession and with Calvert-Lewin’s withdrawal, it now leaves Southgate with just Harry Kane and Bamford as his sole centre-forward options.
“To be honest, I’m over the moon,” the 27-year-old said following the 1-1 draw with Burnley.
“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!”
While some players are awarded token call-ups to the squad but spend no time on the field, that does not appear to be the case for the Leeds striker, who is expected to feature.
Harry Kane played his first full 90 minutes since England’s European Championships campaign only two days ago as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Watford 1-0.
By contrast Bamford has missed just 14 minutes of league action this season, substituted in the opening day defeat to Manchester United.
Southgate may deem Bamford to be sharper than the England captain and start him on his 28th birthday against Andorra in six days time.
Either way, it is highly likely the Leeds man will make his senior bow over the next week or so.