Stephen Kenny is not holding his breath in hopes that Leeds striker Patrick Bamford will change his mind and make the announcement for the Republic of Ireland.
The 27-year-old scored 17 Premier League goals last season as the promoted land Road club returned to the top flight through their first campaign, pushing himself to the edge of the England team before eventually missing out on a spot in the process . Gareth Southgate’s squad for the rescheduled Euro 2020 final.
Bamford had been capped at U18 level by Ireland and had been given before, but among suggestions were fitness coach Damien Doyle – who worked with the player during their time together at MK Dons – to persuade him to green shirt. To be able to, Kenny appeared to move on.
He added: “He was very close to being in contention, perhaps, for England for the European Championships. It’s not realistic to suggest that at the moment, I think.
“I think it was clearly his intention to go to the European Championships with England.
“No doubt he is a very good player, a quality centre-forward, but we have to believe in the talent that we have. We have to improve it and work to do better.
“It’s unusual for players to change nationality – I’m not saying it never happens – so quickly following a tournament exit. There aren’t many examples of this. Usually it happens over a long period of time. “
Golden Boot winner Harry Kane was the only Englishman to score more Premier League goals than Bamford last season, but asked if his disappointment at not being selected despite that achievement could lead to a change of heart, Kenny said: “I really don’t know, I really don’t know.
“He’s a good player, but his aim was clearly to play for England, so I have to respect him.”
Kenny will deploy what weapons he has at his disposal Thursday’s friendly match against Andorra, Be dependent Sky Sports Premier League 4.55 pm.
He is still awaiting his first win of his reign after 11 games in charge and midfielder Conor Horihane is desperate to change a narrative that he insists he and his team-mates have to take the blame for.
Horihane added: “Hopefully a victory comes sooner rather than later. It takes the pressure off a bit and people don’t show it in your face all the time.
“We only blame ourselves from that point of view because we should have won the game by now, but it didn’t.”
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