Charlie Austin has accused England boss Gareth Southgate of “snobbery” for snubbing Leeds striker Patrick Bamford.
Bamford have scored 16 Premier League goals for Leeds in an excellent season, serving to them finish within the top ten of their first marketing campaign back within the top flight.
However he has not but been included within the England squad, with Southgate favoring the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins as backups for Harry Kane.
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Southgate he’ll soon be deciding on his 26 man squad for the European Championships, with Bamford nonetheless hoping to be included.
Laura Woods requested Austin concerning the England manager’s silence to select the Leeds striker, allowing for his earlier allegation of “snobbery in football”.
Woods says forward talkSPORT (via Leeds MOT News): “I’ll ask you about Patrick Bamford.
“You talked earlier than about snobbery in football you did not and while you speak about being chosen for England and your international side and all that, Bamford has scored 16 league goals a season this now.
“Harry Kane is the one Englishman to have scored extra, so is there a snobbery in direction of Patrick Bamford as a result of he performs for Leeds and not one of many senior teams, what do you assume?”
Austin replied: “Sure, I nonetheless imagine that, what do you need?
“Whenever you select to go forward, what do you need, goal drivers? Please, the one one who has scored greater than him is England captain Harry Kane.
“You expect Bamford to be there [England squad]. For me I believe he nearly has to go.
“He has ticked all of the containers to enter the Euros squad however then you definately take a look at it and it goes simpler to leave out as a result of he performs in Leeds’, that is bad.”
Southgate admitted back in March that Bamford was “unfortunate” to overlook out.
“(Bamford) was very close,” said Southgate. “There are a variety of jobs on this squad which have been very close calls and we felt we wished an additional striker.
“We’re very happy with Harry (Kane) and (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin and what they’ve performed. Tammy Abraham hasn’t really been concerned with Chelsea over the last 4 to 6 weeks.
“And Ollie and Patrick specifically, their goals document has been good. We just like the personalities of each. Ollie is a player we now have had much less interplay with within the past. It is going to be good to get to know him.
“We prefer to press it, the pace and the runs behind. He has some enchancment to make when contacting the sport, however in his first Premier League season at a big membership, he has performed significantly well.
“That has been a really close name as a result of I may have said all of the issues I’ve said about Ollie over Patrick too. So it’s extremely unlucky. ”