Noel Whelan is thrilled to hear England fans chant Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford’s but is still “so disappointed” he is not at the Euros.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and Middlesbrough striker said the fans’ backing would have been “a real confidence boost” for the 27-year-old.
Bamford was not included in England’s 26-man squad for the Euros, nor the 33-man provisional squad despite scoring 17 Premier League goals in the 2020-21 campaign.
As highlighted by ITV commentator Sam Matterface, some fans who attended the Three Lions’ 1-0 win over Romania chanted the Leeds striker’s name whenever Ollie Watkins touched the ball.
Whelan insisted Bamford should have been included in the squad ahead of Watkins and even ahead of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
“It was really nice to hear and it would have been a real confidence boost for Patrick,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“I maintain that he was really unfortunate to miss out.
“The only English player that scored more than Bamford in the Premier League was Kane. He scored more than Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ollie Watkins so for me he is the second best English striker in the Premier League right now.
“I’m so disappointed because you need to go with people who are in form. He deserved his shot. Not only is he in form but he offers something different.
“Let’s be honest, Bamford can sit back and relax knowing that he could not have done anymore to get in that squad.”