Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will earn a surprise England call-up if he continues his sensational goalscoring form, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former England forward insisted manager Gareth Southgate would be willing to give the 27-year-old a chance to prove himself at international level.
The Times reported at the weekend that Bamford was being considered alongside Harvey Barnes and Callum Wilson as a potential replacement for Marcus Rashford who was struggling with a shoulder injury.
Bamford has started the season in sensational form netting seven Premier League goals in eight games.
He has played for Southgate before at England Under-21 level, but a senior England appearance appeared an impossibly distant prospect for much of last season when many Leeds fans were calling for him to be axed from his club starting XI.
Agbonlahor now claims he deserves senior recognition.
He told Football Insider: “If we’re going on how many goals players score then Bamford has got seven goals.
“We have to go on form and I think that’s what Southgate’s done. He’s picked players on form.
“Callum Wilson, hasn’t been in the England squad this season because he hasn’t scored as many goals as Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
“If we’re looking at Calvert-Lewin and how great he’s done and how many goals he’s scored then we’ve got to start looking at Bamford, if we’re picking players on form.
“I’m sure if Bamford can keep this form going for the rest of the season then there’s no reason why they can’t look to break into the England squad.
“This is the manager that will give you a chance if you’re showing it on the pitch.”
Prior to this season, Bamford had scored just one top-flight goal in 27 appearances across spells with Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley.
His seven goals this season represent half of Leeds United’s total Premier League goals.
In other Leeds United news, the club have been told to buy a £100k-a-week goalkeeper in January.