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Leeds United striker clarifies 2019 talking point



Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford has indicated that his career with the Whites is top of his priorities but that he is keeping his options open when it comes to international football.

Bamford was born in England but qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his grandparents.

The 25-year-old is understood to have represented the latter once at under-18 level but then switched allegiance to feature for the England age-group sides, most recently representing the under-21s.

Former Republic manager Martin O’Neill indicated last year that he was interested in recruiting Bamford, while current boss Mick McCarthy is believed to have contacted the striker this summer before he was quoted saying he would not chase him.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post at a recent Q&A session at Elland Road, the Leeds striker revealed his current stance on international football.

He said: “Some of the stuff that gets written in the press is a load of rubbish.

“I spoke to Mick and he asked me to basically change over nationality for the summer games and I said ‘look I had a bad injury last year and I want to concentrate on the rest of the season with Leeds.’

“I am not saying no, I am just concentrating on Leeds. I haven’t closed any doors, I have not said yes, I have not said no.”

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It should please fans that Bamford has taken the decision to concentrate on Leeds for the time being and it seems to be paying dividends as the striker has made a fast start to the season, scoring four in his six appearances.

If his form continues, you would imagine that the Ireland boss will consider returning with another offer of international football for the 25-year-old.

In the meantime, the international break will provide Bamford with a rest, which will likely be a relief for Leeds fans given his injury record in recent years.

London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

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