By Kevin Campbell

7th Sep, 2021 | 7:00pm

Campbell disgusted by 'cruel' criticism of Leeds striker Bamford after development

The criticism aimed at Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford after his England debut “was cruel”, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, empathised with the 28-year-old’s struggles against Andorra and said he was taken off just as he got into the game.

Bamford touched the ball just 17 times in the 4-0 win over Andorra on Sunday and was replaced by Harry Kane on the hour mark. (Whoscored)

Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara told talkSPORT on September 6th that the Leeds striker “should not be out there” in an England shirt.

O’Hara suggested Gareth Southgate replace Bamford with Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood in future squads.

Campbell claimed those who criticised Bamford do not understand the real reasons for his lack of involvement in the match.

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“The criticism was cruel,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs. “Patrick Bamford did alright.

“Listen, it is a completely new team who have not played together. It takes a bit of time to find your feet to start with and then you can go through the gears.

“The problem was, just as he started to get into the game he got brought off. This is what happens sometimes though.

“He did not let anyone down as far as I’m concerned. It is easy for people to criticise but it is not easy for people to understand.

“Andorra showed no ambition. They sat in that low block and it was hard to break them down.”

In other news, pundit claims Leeds fans should be thrilled after ‘brilliant’ development on Monday.