Robbo’s proud of Bamford’s international call

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England U21 side.

The Chelsea striker, on loan at MK Dons, has scored 12 goals this season and will replace West Brom’s Saido Berahino who is suspended.

The call comes just days after the Young Lions were 3-0 winners over Finland U21s at stadium:mk, where Berahino scored twice.

Bamford has been capped at U18s and U20s level for his country, and his manager Karl Robinson said he was incredibly proud of his young striker.

“I’m so happy for the boy, and he deserves the accolades,” said Robinson. “He has aided himself by wanting to be better. This is the icing on the cake for him.

“He said when he first came here he wanted to get into the U21 squad, and I didn’t expect him to while he was playing here.

“But it’s proof that if you do right, regardless of the level you play at. And Gareth Southgate has seen him as one for the future has called him up.

“I’m made up for him. I’ve told him to be ruthless and to look forward to it. International football the pinnacle for so many players. It’ll be something he will remember for the rest of his life.

“He will never let an opportunity pass him by. He has tremendous talent and we are so proud of him. It’s a good start.”