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Patrick Bamford Still Open To Playing For Ireland

“I have not said yes, I have not said no.”

Patrick Bamford has left the door open on potentially playing for the Republic of Ireland.

The Leeds United forward has said that he has not made a decision yet on which country he wants to represent – England, the country of his birth, or Ireland, who he qualifies for through an Irish-born grandparent.

“Some of the stuff that gets written in the press is a load of rubbish,” Bamford said at a question and answer event with Leeds fans at Elland Road.

“I spoke to Mick (McCarthy) and he asked me to basically change over nationality for the summer games.

“I said, ‘look I had a bad injury last year and I want to concentrate interest of 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.”

Back in March, Mick McCarthy said he had spoken to the Leeds United forward about playing for the country. The Ireland manager said Bamford was open to the idea.

“My last contact with him was on Saturday morning, they won Friday night. I just congratulated him on his goals, and just asked him if he still wanted to join us and he said, ‘yes.” I’m pretty positive”

However, McCarthy later said that Bamford was seeking to concentrate on his club career. In July, McCarthy said that he was no longer “chasing” the player, and it was up to Bamford to declare his intent to play for Ireland.

The forward would be an interesting option for the national team – as the strikers in McCarthy’s squad for the Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland on Thursday do not have a goal at international level between them. Bamford has scored four times in six games for Leeds this season.

However, his latest comments do not change the situation. Bamford, who turns 26 on Thursday, has still not stated his intentions and doesn’t appear any closer to making a decision.

Bamford played one game for Ireland at under-18 level before going on to represent England at under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels.

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