Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will have “no regrets” if he is not selected for England ahead of this summer’s European Championship.
That is according to ex-Whites forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider ahead of Gareth Southgate’s squad announcement tomorrow.
Bamford scored Leeds’ third goal in a comfortable 3-1 victory over West Brom yesterday, taking his season tally to 17.
Golden Boot winner and Three Lions skipper Harry Kane is the only Englishman to outscore him in the top-flight.
But Bamford, 27, is yet to win his first senior cap and the likes of Ollie Watkins and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have been preferred by the England manager.
Whatever Southgate’s decision, Whelan insists that Bamford will be ecstatic with his contribution to Leeds’ stellar season.
He’s told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting for that squad to be released. It’s huge.
“He’s done everything he could possibly do. There’s nothing more that he could have done to try and persuade Gareth Southgate to add him to the squad.
“The problem is he’s up against a lot of very good players in that striking position. There’s only a few who can fill those spaces.
“But 17 goals in the Premier League is a fantastic return for Patrick. He’s shown what a fantastic goalscorer he is and his overall play too, holding up play, leading the line.
“If he doesn’t get in the England squad, yes, he’ll be disappointed but he’ll look back on this season and think there’s nothing else he could have done. No regrets there.”