By Alex McLeish

3rd May, 2021 | 8:15am

McLeish delivers verdict on Bamford's future as major UEFA decision impacts Leeds star

Alex McLeish would love to see Patrick Bamford selected for this summer’s England squad after his performances for Leeds United.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, spoke after Bamford’s future international chances received a significant boost.

In April, UEFA confirmed that sides competing at this summer’s delayed European Championships would be allowed to bring bigger squads.

Sides will also be allowed to use five substitutions per game as UEFA’s COVID rules were extended to this summer.

Gareth Southgate said that Bamford was ‘very unfortunate’ to miss out on a place in the last England squad. [Birmingham Live]

McLeish claims Bamford has very little control over his England future but hopes that if he is called up, he doesn’t play against Scotland.

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“Sometimes the only thing that’s in his control is to keep the performance level high,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“It’s up to Southgate, he might have a formula that doesn’t suit Bamford and we’ve seen that so many times in so many over the years.

“I would love to see it, him in the England set-up, not against Scotland obviously. I think he could bring a different style to England’s striking force.”

Bamford has 14 Premier League goals and seven assists to his name after an impressive personal season.

England kick off their Euro 2020 campaign at Wembley with a game against Croatia on June 13.

In other news, McLeish “can’t believe” what he has seen from an “incredible” Leeds United 21-year-old.