Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford has denied a call from the Irish national team and revealed that he does not close the door to Mick McCarthy’s men
Bamford, who has scored four league goals for Leeds this season, qualifies for the Republic of Ireland’s national team, courtesy of the rule allowing players to play for their grandparents’ countries.
The 25-year-old played for the country’s Under-18 team before settling for England and playing for the U-18, U-19 and U-21 national sides.
However, the Republic of Ireland’s Mick McCarthy has made no secret that he wants to persuade Bamford to convert to the country.
Not Closing Doors
While it seemed the former Chelsea striker had refused to play for the Republic of Ireland, he made it clear that he had not closed the door and is focusing on Leeds for the moment.
“Some of the things that are written in the press are a load of garbage,” Bamford said recently during a question and answer session with Whites fans on Elland Road.
“I talked to Mick and he asked me to change nationality for the summer games and I said, ‘Look, I had a serious injury last year and I want to focus on the season with Leeds.’
“I’m not saying no, I’m just focusing on Leeds, I did not shut any doors, I did not say yes, I did not say no.”
Bamford has scored four goals and provided an assist from his six championship appearances for Leeds so far and his chances of an England call appear removed.