Gareth Southgate 'Considering' Calling Up Leeds' Patrick Bamford to England Squad

Nov 10, 2020, 10:00 AM GMT
Patrick Bamford
Bamford will be considered by Southgate should Rashford withdraw | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is in 'contention' to be called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate should Manchester United's Marcus Rashford withdraw through injury, but Harvey Barnes could also be considered.

Bamford has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, netting seven times and providing a further two assists in just eight Premier League games so far. The striker most recently netted in the 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

Mateusz Klich, Patrick Bamford
Bamford scored an excellent goal against Palace | Pool/Getty Images

Despite his superb form so far, however, England boss Southgate opted to stick with the forwards he had selected for his last squad. But with Rashford suffering a shoulder injury during Man Utd's 3-1 away win at Everton recently, the Times report that Bamford is in contention for a call-up should the 23-year-old pull out.

Rashford was looked at by his club's doctors on Sunday, with a decision on whether he would be able to join up with the Three Lions squad expected imminently. The report also claims that Bamford - who has two England Under-21 caps to his name - could face competition from Newcastle's Wilson and Leicester's Barnes if Rashford does withdraw...the Times presumably forgetting that Wilson went down with an injury at the weekend.

Harvey Barnes
Barnes has made a strong start to the season | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Barnes, has been key to the Foxes' early season form, with Brendan Rodgers' men currently sat at the top of the Premier League table.

The 22-year-old was actually included in the last England squad for the tussles with Wales, Belgium and Denmark, but dropped out of the most recent squad. However, his versatility could be useful to Southgate, considering he still has Harry Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tammy Abraham to choose from in the striking department.