England welcome Andorra to Wembley this weekend and this will give Gareth Southgate the perfect opportunity to give a first cap to Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford. After being unfortunate to miss out on the Euro 2020 squad, Bamford has now been given his chance to compete for the spot of first-choice backup behind Harry Kane along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings.
With Calvert-Lewin out injured and Watkins and Ings left out, this is Bamford’s chance to prove he is capable at international level, after proving his worth as a Premier League striker last season with 17 goals, and he is off the mark this season too, following his goal against Burnley. With three internationals in a week during this break, Bamford is bound to start ahead of Kane for at least one of the matches, and it will most likely be against their weakest opponents, Andorra.
When England faced San Marino in March, Calvert-Lewin started and scored twice while Watkins came off the bench for a debut goal. Bamford, if given the opportunity, will fancy his chances of doing the same against a similar level of opposition on Sunday.