Patrick Bamford has been spotted in new footage putting Jesse Lingard to shame just before England’s victory against Andorra.
While the Leeds United player rather disappointed when making his Three Lions debut, there was one moment which he was cheekily praised for on Sunday evening.
One member of the Whites fanbase was in attendance at Wembley Stadium for the World Cup Qualifier, a video recorded the moment Bamford nutmegged Lingard.
— Ash (@ashc10) September 7, 2021
You could say however that Jesse Lingard had the last laugh, and that the megnuts (Soccer AM reference of course!) put extra fire in his belly to have a better game.
Bamford was unable to find the net in the usual one-sided contest against Andorra, getting taken off in the 62nd minute, with Lingard staying on and going to score twice in both halves.
Gareth Southgate made a special speech on Monday morning, saying: “These are legacy caps now.
“Your unique number, your place in England history. Of course, you all have it in your shirt now, but it’s something that I’m sure for you, your family, and all the coaches that helped you along the way to get to this point.
“You’ll have lots of people that have played a part in that journey, who I’m sure yesterday were very proud. Pleased to be able to hand this to you, Patrick.”
A unique place in #ThreeLions history.
— England (@England) September 6, 2021
Patrick Bamford has opened up on his England inclusion, he said of the instructions he had received from Southgate: “Just play my normal game and that I’m in the box. We know what type of game it will be so I’ll have to be patient to try and force myself on the defenders.”
Bamford was also asked about role models within the England set-up, and what he would take from the example of his Premier League teammate Kalvin Phillips, who was the star of the team during the Euro 2020 campaign.
He replied: “Exactly – England player of the year and he’s been fabulous. If I can do half of what he has done [last year] and I’ll be happy.”
Regarding setbacks, Bamford said: “I believed in myself and kept believing and worked hard for it, so I’m thankful for it [the opportunity].”
Revealing how it feels to be making his England debut with the number nine shirt in a World Cup qualifier, he said it was ‘probably the best present I could’ve asked for’.
“Not too bad to be fair,” he added on the nerves. “Just trying to treat it as another game so we’re going to try to win.”
🗣”I would want to know what it meant.”
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford talks about what his celebration means in regard to climate change. pic.twitter.com/rIEHz9NCZL
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 8, 2021
Meanwhile, in a surprise twist, Jesse Lingard has since revealed that he has rejected the offer of a new contract at Old Trafford amid concerns over game time.
JLingz snubbed the chance to return to West Ham over the summer despite the guarantee of chances to play. He was determined to stay at Manchester United and prove his worth to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lingard is now into the final year of his £100,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford and will be able to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season if no agreement is found.
Asked about the challenge of Lingard keeping his place in the squad going forward, Gareth Southgate said: “We know Jesse has a challenge and he knows he has a big challenge with the quality of attacking players at United.
“But they’ve also got a lot of matches in different competitions so hopefully he can take that challenge on and he will take that challenge on.
“He has rebounded brilliantly in the last 12 months from a difficult period and he has shown that he has got quality.”
The attacking midfielder is excited about the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, but his return will only further limit the opportunities to make it into Solskjaer’s starting XI.
“We’re glad to have him [Ronaldo], the presence he brings,” Lingard said this week. “It’s going to be the signing of the season for us.
“It’s important [I get minutes at United], I’ve got to keep working hard, do well in training and impress the manager. It’s all I can do. And when I get the chance to play, play well.”
Lingard can speak to clubs abroad about a free transfer from the 1st of January.
Two goals. One assist. 🔥
— England (@England) September 5, 2021
Fans gave their reaction as Patrick Bamford gets spotted in new footage putting Jesse Lingard to shame before the England – Andorra game…
@Fazakyg: Only decent thing he done on that pitch that day
@RobHazeHi: So that’s why he wouldn’t pass to him
@DomParry95: Love that Patrick lad #lufc
@jcourts1991: @Mrjamieohara1 doesn’t even deserve to be there does he lad…..
@LeighNicholson: Surely deserves a look @SoccerAM @fennerstweets #Megnuts 😂
@handyandy256094: Seems pablo been teaching at his time at Leeds 🤜🤜🤜 ALAW
@HarveyyAvfcc: Highlight of his career
@AdamLUFC4Life: And his hat trick against the villa