Leeds United news: Mills delivers verdict on Bamford 'snub' after Guardian reveal
Danny Mills has called on Patrick Bamford to use his omission from the England squad as motivation to improve at Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender insisted the 27-year-old can have little complaint at missing out this time given the quality in the squad.
The Guardian reported ahead of Thursday’s squad announcement that Leeds’ number nine and his teammate Luke Ayling were being seriously considered for a call-up.
Instead, Bamford missed out with uncapped Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins given the nod instead.
Asked whether Bamford will be hurt by the snub, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “You have to look at the players that are in and around the squad.
“He’s had a good season and he’s done a lot better than what people thought but is he better than what’s in there? I would say ‘not significantly’.
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“Ollie Watkins has scored as many goals and offers a little bit more pace in that area and the other players have been more consistent and have been in there before.
“Let’s just say he’s played really well in half of the games, is 15 games enough? I know the argument would be Ollie Watkins…
“We have to not get carried away with throwing people into an England squad, just because they’ve had a few good games.
“The argument there is Jesse Lingard but he’s been there before. Playing for England is not just about how good you are as a player. It’s about mentality – how are you going to deal with it? How do you deal with the extra pressure from the media? How do you perform with better players around you? Do you fit into the system?
“I don’t think he should see it as a snub. It’s not like everyone was going ‘You have to be in’. He was on the fringes of the squad.
“When you look at the forward players. Harry Kane is a dead certainty. Dominic Calvert-Lewin offers something different and is more of a traditional number nine. Then you’ve got Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Ollie Watkins.
“It’s not like a snub, he just hasn’t been called up. All he can do is keep playing well and keep playing well over and over again and if he does that he may get an opportunity.”