Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will be “gutted” he did not make it into the England squad and for good reason, according to Kevin Phillips.
However, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 27-year-old cannot feel sorry for himself and must not “take his foot off the gas”.
Bamford was left out of England’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite recovering from the knock he sustained in last weekend’s draw with Chelsea.
Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins has been preferred to Bamford, even though he has less goal involvements in the Premier League this season.
Watkins has 10 goals and three assists to his name this term, while Bamford has 13 goals and six assists.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Southgate’s selection, Phillips said: “I feel for Bamford.
“He can count himself a little bit unlucky because he has been glowing this season.
“Bamford has scored more goals than Ollie Watkins so he can feel hard done by. It is very unlucky.
“He needs to knuckle down though and keep doing what he is doing and believe that he will get a chance the next time. The last thing he can do now is take his foot off the gas and think, ‘I will never get in there.’ You can never say never with Gareth.
“When you look at the strikers that are in there, does he need Patrick? I think he has similar attributes.
“He will be gutted though and he has reason to be.”