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Leeds: Charlie Austin defends Patrick Bamford after England omission

Leeds: Charlie Austin defends Patrick Bamford after England omission - Leeds United

Charlie Austin has described Patrick Bamford’s omission from the England squad as “football snobbery”, likening it to his own experiences. The Athletic’s Phil Hay had previously claimed the striker will have been ‘extremely disappointed‘.

Bamford is enjoying a superb season for Leeds United, arguably the star man for the Whites.

The 27-year-old has scored 14 goals in 29 Premier League appearances in 2020/21 to date, also chipping in with six assists for good measure.

It was hoped that Bamford’s excellent form would see him earn an England call-up for the current internationals taking place, but Gareth Southgate opted not to pick him.

Austin sticks up for Bamford

It seemed a harsh decision, considering the striker’s influence at Elland Road, and Austin was one of those left frustrated by it.

Speaking on talkSPORT, the on-loan QPR marksman drew parallels with his own experiences at international level, claiming there is a bias towards the bigger clubs:

“I think that goes against a lot of people.

“That’s going against Patrick Bamford right now, because that’s football snobbery. It’s just the way it is. Sometimes faces don’t fit.”

Transfer Tavern take

You have to wonder if Bamford will ever get picked if he can’t earn a call-up currently, considering he is one of the league’s most in-form attacking players.

Ollie Watkins is having a good season in his own right, but for him to be picked ahead of the Leeds man – he has 10 goals and three assists in comparison – doesn’t make a huge amount of sense.

In other news, one Leeds player is believed to be attracting significant interest from other clubs. Find out who it is here.


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