Alan Hutton has backed Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford to brush off the “hammer blow” of not getting selected for England.
The former Aston Villa star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the 27-year-old deserved a call-up after his “unbelievable” form.
Bamford is currently the second-highest English goalscorer in the Premier League, alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with 14 goals.
However, Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins was handed his first call-up to the Three Lions instead.
Bamford bounced back from the news of his exclusion with a goal and an assist against Fulham last week.
Hutton tipped the Leeds ace to stay focused and insisted his “unbelievable” season would not go unnoticed.
“He doesn’t seem to be the type to get really down about things like that if I’m honest,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“He’s had a career where he’s taken a long time to find a club and settle down. So he’s had a lot of knocks along the way that he’s dealt with really well.
“Yes, it will be a hammer blow because I think he’s been unbelievable this season. He’s been brilliant and deserves a call-up. It will be a knock to him but the right way to prove people wrong is on the pitch with Leeds.
“Go and score and put in the quality that he has all season. The assists, the working hard, I mean, he works for the whole time he’s on the pitch. He never stops running.
“If he keeps these performances up, he will get the opportunity. Then it’s down to him. He’s doing the right thing at the moment and just keeping his head down and working.”