Leeds Striker Pleased With England Link

Last updated : 11 February 2021 By Three Lions

Capped by Gareth Southgate as an England Under-21 international earlier in his career, Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford is emerging as a serious contender for a senior call-up for the Three Lions' opening World Cup qualifiers next month.

A 12th Premier League goal of the season on Monday, as the Elland Road side eased past Crystal Palace, has done no harm to the 27-year-old's prospects of a cap.

"If you had said that at the start of the season I would've brushed it off, but now people are talking about it," admitted Bamford after the game.

Southgate has previously shown his willingness to select players in form and knows that the punishing schedule of the current season may play a part in the squad he can name for a trio of matches at the end of March, San Marino, Albania and Poland providing England's first three opponents on the road to Qatar.

He is also in the unusual position of having to focus on the immediate task of securing World Cup qualification points just a few short months away from leading a tilt at glory in the delayed European Championships.

The return of injury of skipper Harry Kane on Sunday, when the Tottenham talisman netted against West Brom, will also have cheered the manager at a crucial stage of his planning.