Kevin Campbell has admitted Leeds United Patrick Bamford is in the form of his life but claimed he misses too many chances to walk into the England squad ahead of this summer’s Euros.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker explained he wants extended evidence of the United spearhead shining in the Premier League.
Campbell disagreed with the verdict of former Premier League winner Chris Sutton, who urged England boss Gareth Southgate to select Bamford in his next England squad.
England have three World Cup qualifiers at the end of March – at home against San Marino and Poland with an away game in Albania in between.
Sutton enthused about Bamford on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday night and revealed he wants him shoehorned in alongside the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Bamford scored his 12th Premier League goal of the season in Leeds’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Only two English players – Tottenham’s Kane and Everton’s Calvert-Lewin, both with 13 – have scored more goals than him in the competition.
Asked if Sutton was right about Bamford landing an England place, Campbell explained he wants to see extended productivity.
He told Football Insider: “I think you have to earn your place with lots of goals over an extended period of time.
“Bamford is having a fine season in a side who create lots of chances and that are really attacking. But he’s not at the level of Kane, Rashford, Sterling, Calvert-Lewin and those guys.
“He misses a lot of chances. To get in the England squad he is going to have to extend this hot streak until the end of the season.
“A lot of the strikers in and around that England team are not only proven but have been involved with the national team for a long time, throughout the qualification stages and have earned their stripes.
“I’m sure Gareth Southgate’s going to be loyal to those who have being doing it for the last few years.
“If Bamford’s going to force his way in, he’s got to stay hot between now and the end of the season. Otherwise, I don’t see it.”
“What a player he has been this season for Leeds,” said former England striker Sutton on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“People doubted whether he could score goals at this level but he has done. I would give him a go for England. I really like him, he has proved a lot of people wrong this season.”