Patrick Bamford Claims He Was Disregarded Due to ‘Privileged’ Upbringing After England Call-Up

Published 08/31/2021, 2:25 PM EDT


Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford received his first England call up for September’s international break. This came off the back of his fine form in the Premier League. The English forward has faced a lot of flak for his personality on social media, and this is a huge accomplishment for him.

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Bamford talked about it all in his first interview as an England player and revealed why people had their  misconceptions about his personality. When a reporter asked him if it was a prejudice against him, Bamford revealed that his upbringing had a big part to play in it.

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Not so much prejudice, I think that maybe before people knew me they would have had this opinion of me because they might have heard the way I speak in an interview or someone may have told them that this guy went to private school, and then they kind of create that image in their head before they actually know who I am,” Bamford said.

However, he also acknowledged that it’s not really a big struggle for him. Bamford won’t complain about it as other people have harder battles to fight.

But I think that goes for a lot of things and I think people have harder battle to fight, and I’m not going to complain about that,” Bamford revealed.

Patrick Bamford and his form in the Premier League for Leeds United.

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Bamford has started the 2021/22 season in fine form too as he has one goal and one assist in three games. He had his breakout season last year as he ended his 2020/21 campaign with 17 goals and 7 assists. Bamford had similar stats in the Championship (England’s second tier) as well.

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It was Leeds United’s first season in the Premier League and he proved himself on the biggest stage. After his 16 goals and 4 assists in 45 Championship games, he proved himself in the PL as well. If he continues in the same fashion, he can be a regular fixture in the English national team for years.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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