Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will be in Gareth Southgate’s thinking for next month’s England squad, according to Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker hailed the 27-year-old’s performance against Aston Villa where he scored a hat-trick.

It means the Englishman has now scored six goals in six Premier League games so far this season.

Despite earning nine caps across various age-group sides, Bamford has never played for England’s senior side.

During the last international break he spoked about his international ambitions.

The striker told LUFCTV: “Obviously it would be a dream come true but my mates have been winding me up about it saying I’m going to get called up.”

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Asked by Football Insider what he made of Bamford’s international prospects, Bent said: “He got off to a really great start, three in his first three, had a couple of quieter games but he burst back onto the scene yesterday. What a performance.

“It’s the work rate that he does for the team as well, obviously Bielsa spoke about it last year before they got promoted that the work rate he does when he’s not scoring goals is massive and now he’s started adding goals.

“I like the first goals, tap in. I love those types of goals, where your in and around the six-yard box.

“The last two, put it this way if Harry Kane or Rashford or anyone else we’d be singing about it for years to come.

“This is a bold statement but he has got to be on the cusp of Gareth Southgate’s thinking.

“You start to think about English strikers, Harry Kane we know how good he is. Calvert-Lewin, yes. Danny Ings, yes. After Danny Ings who is he battling with? He’s outscoring Callum Wilson, he’s outperforming Tammy Abraham he cannot be that far away.”

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