Friday 20 September 2019

'I haven't closed any doors' - Patrick Bamford not ruling out Ireland switch

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United is congratulated after he scores his second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United is congratulated after he scores his second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Leeds United at Deepdale (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford says he still hasn't made up his mind on an international career with Ireland.

The forward, who was capped once at U18 level by Ireland but subsequently played for his native England at youth and U21 level, has spoken to Mick McCarthy about a switch to Ireland but McCarthy has become frustrated with the lack of progress.

"Some of the stuff that gets written in the press is a load of rubbish," said Bamford, quoted in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"I spoke to Mick and he asked me to basically change over nationality for the summer games and I said ‘look I had a bad injury last year and I want to concentrate on the season with Leeds.’

"I am not saying no, I am just concentrating on Leeds. I haven’t closed any doors, I have not said yes, I have not said no."

Bamford (25) has scored four times in seven games for Leeds this season.

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