Patrick Bamford gets maiden England call-up


Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has received his first senior call-up for England’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers next month.

Right-back Trent-Alexander Arnold returns to the squad after missing Euro 2020 with a thigh injury, with midfielder Jesse Lingard also recalled to the squad.

Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell and Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood have been left out of the 25-man squad.

Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden both miss out through injury, while Arsenal’s Ben White has Covid-19.

Gareth Southgate’s side play three games in seven days in their first matches since their Euro 2020 final defeat by Italy.

England play Hungary on the second of September and host Andorra on the fifth before travelling to Poland for their last game on the eighth.

There will be no England supporters at either of the away games as no travelling fans are allowed at any European qualifiers next month because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Speaking to the media after announcing the team, Southgate said the 27-year-old has an opportunity to provide options going forward after injuries to some of his Euro 2020 squad.

“It is a fresh cycle and we would always pick the bulk of the squad from the summer. We are only two games into the season so we were never going to make big changes,” he explained.

“Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford were injured so there was an opportunity in the forward areas. We were pleased with what Ollie Watkins did and now there is an opportunity for Patrick as a number nine.

“His progress with Leeds has been excellent, he was very close at the end of last season.

“We worked with him at under-21 level so we know him anyway and it is a special moment for his family.”

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, the three players who missed penalties in the final, are eager to “move on” according to Southgate.

All three players were targeted on social media after the defeat.

“I was in touch with all three of them in the days after the final and their clubs were in touch as well.

“They know there is support if they need it, but they are also keen to move on. It is a fresh season with fresh challenges. They are exciting young players with an exciting time ahead of them.”

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By FARPost Reporter