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Bamford: “Terrible” loan at Crystal Palace helped my road to England


Bamford, 27, could make his international debut against Hungary on Thursday night after the Leeds forward earned a senior call-up for the upcoming World Cup qualifying triple-header.

The former Chelsea youngster has excelled in the Premier League with Leeds United but his first taste of the top-flight came on loan at Palace in 2015-16.

He made only six League appearances from the bench and the terminated the loan early, describing it as “terrible”.

“It was a slight setback but, if anything, I probably learned more from it than I realised I actually had to,” Bamford told Standard Sport.

“I went from playing in a Middlesbrough team in the Championship, winning Player of the Year, to thinking that I would walk into the Premier League and do the same.

“I was a little bit naïve. It probably did set me back but, ultimately, if I didn’t get over it then [an England call-up] might have happened at a later stage of my career. It is nothing that I regret. It’s just been a learning process. It has taken a while to get to where I wanted to be – but eventually I did.”

Bamford – who will act as cover for Harry Kane in the qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland after Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled out of the squad – revealed he had turned down the chance to represent the Republic of Ireland, partly because he believed would always get an England chance.

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“There was a point when, during my first season at Leeds, where [then Ireland coach Mick McCarthy] did get in touch,” Bamford said.

“My dream as a little kid was always to play for England and somebody else’s dream might have been to always play for Ireland.


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