Why Patrick Bamford is not part of the England squad

Gareth Southgate admitted Patrick Bamford was ‘unhappy’ not to be selected for the last camp in England, but cited the impressive performances of Ollie Watkins as the reason why the Aston Villa striker was named in the ‘team ahead of the Leeds striker.

Watkins and Bamford have both been surprise Premier League packages this season, with the former scoring 10 goals in his first top-flight season and the latter on the scoresheet 13 times, having previously struggled at that level in the Premier League. early stages of his career. career.

As Tammy Abraham struggled for a few minutes under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, Southgate was looking for a third alternative striker to compliment Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert Lewin ahead of England’s World Cup qualifying trio at the end of the month. March.

He eventually fell for Watkins on Bamford, but the England boss hinted at a potential future call for the Leeds striker later.

“Very close,” Southgate replied when asked how close Bamford was to the selection in the Press conference in England. “There are a number of positions on the field in this team where there have been very close calls.

“We thought we wanted an extra forward in the squad and both Ollie and Patrick in particular their goal record was good, we like the personalities of both. Ollie is a player we have had less interaction with. in the past it’s gonna be good to know him.

Ollie Watkins
Watkins is in great shape for Villa this season | Visionhaus / Getty Images

“We like his pressing, we like the speed of the points behind. He has a few improvements to make to follow the game, but for his first season in the Premier League he has done exceptionally well.

“It was a very close call because all the things I said about Ollie, I could have said for Patrick too. So he’s very unhappy, and who knows we might be sitting here in a few days and we had a problem and Patrick is a player that we watch a lot too. “

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