Bamford set for England call up as Southgate faces Bellingham issue

Patrick Bamford is in line for a call-up with England facing a chaotic build-up to their World Cup qualifiers.

Leeds striker Bamford has impressed Gareth Southgate as the England boss has been a regular spectator at Elland Road this season.

Bamford, 27, has also been given the all clear to join up despite suffering a dead leg and limping off against Chelsea last weekend. He has scored 13 goals this season and proved himself at Premier League level.

Former England under-21 striker Bamford may get his nod with Danny Ings and Tammy Abraham both set to be out through injury as Southgate faces a catalogue of absentees.

Southgate could name three centre forwards with Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also set to be included to face San Marino, Albania and Poland later this month.

Patrick Bamford has enjoyed an impressive season at Leeds

But Southgate faces difficult dilemmas all over the pitch while coronavirus protocols are also making the selections even more difficult for England and their opponents.

England are likely to be without Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, 17, because he would face a ten day quarantine in Germany on his return from international duty.

The Football Association were hoping they would be able to call him up, they may still name him because the situation and restrictions in Germany are changing but Dortmund is now facing a local lockdown and quarantines.

That is a blow because Bellingham is seen as a huge talent by Southgate and the ex-Birmingham midfielder is almost certain to be in the Euros squad after his impressive performances for Dortmund on the Champions League.

Jude Bellingham could face travel issues
Jude Bellingham could face travel issues

Clubs are allowed to block international call-ups if their players are subject to a quarantine after playing for their countries and that has caused chaos for Poland.

Poland could be without their THREE best players as Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski is unlikely to be allowed to travel while there is also doubt about Marseille’s Arkadiusz Milik and Hertha Berlin’s Krzysztof Piątek.

Albania could even have some fans allowed in for their game so have no such issues.

England are confident Kieran Trippier will be available from Atletico Madrid but Southgate will have to take a roll call before naming his squad on Thursday afternoon.

They are already without Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, No1 keeper Jordan Pickford, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, Leicester pair James Maddison and Harvey Barnes. Arsenal ’s Bukayo Saka is a fitness doubt with a hamstring issue.

Southgate may name an enlarged squad in the expectation of injuries but it seems certain there will be recalls for Manchester City defender John Stones and Manchester United left back Luke Shaw while Jesse Lingard could also be back after his impressive loan spell at West Ham.

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