Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has suggested that Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford snubbed his side and indicated that he will no longer try to make contact with the striker over getting him to represent the team.
The 25-year-old previously played for the Republic of Ireland at U-18 level but switched allegiance to England, whom he represented from U-18 to U-21 level.
The Leeds star has yet to be capped at senior international level. Born in England, Bamford has Irish ancestry and is therefore still eligible to represent either England or the Republic of Ireland.
Bamford really appears to be unlikely to get a call-up to England anytime soon. He is not playing in the Premier League and at 25, time may be running out for him especially considering that Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate prefers to utilise young players.
While Bamford has yet to reach his prime, it seems unlikely to become a Three Lions regular, especially with Leeds in the Championship.
On paper, he could stand a good chance of winning selection to the Republic of Ireland national team.
However, it does appear that the Leeds man has not really been entertaining the attempts of McCarthy to convince him to represent the Emerald Isle.
“I’m not going chasing anymore,” McCarthy said, as quoted by the Times.
“It was left on the back burner and I think that it’s up to Patrick. If he wants to play, he’s got to pick up the phone.
“Let me ask a question. If you are an Irish player and you thought that you were good enough to play for Ireland what would you do? They’d pick up the phone.”
Leeds fans will hope that Bamford can be more consistent for his club in 2019-20 and score the goals required to fire the Yorkshire giants back to the Premier League.