Chelsea striker trains with senior England squad for the first time

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, currently on loan with Middlesbrough, was pictured next to Roy Hodgson as he took part in his first training session with the England first-team squad.

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford was a surprise inclusion as the England first-team were photographed going through their final preparations for Saturday's game against Slovenia and next Tuesday's game against Scotland. 

The highly rated 21-year-old was pictured alongside manager Roy Hodgson on the training field, with Premier League stars Chris Smalling, James Milner and Jordan Henderson among others in the back drop. 

Bamford has scored 11 Championship goals in 2014 - eight for Derby County and three for Middlesbrough - and has earned himself a reputation among one of the country's best up-and-coming strikers. 

Last season, while on loan at Derby County, Steve McClaren repeatedly praised the young striker and even commented on Bamford's impressive work ethic. 

''He is a player, and a goalscorer,'' said the former England manager. ''But what has impressed me is his work rate, his discipline and the work he does for the team."

''It's like we always say to him, his feedback is about if he was at Chelsea, not here, so we demand a lot from him. At the moment, he is delivering."

''He has got that sense of a striker where the ball seems to fall at his feet and he puts it in the net.'' 

Although he hasn't started as strongly in the North East as he did in the East Midlands, Aitor Karanka has also sung the praises of the striker and expressed a desire to keep him for the remainder of the season.

Like Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, who has also previously trained with the England first-team despite being an England under-21 player, the training session will have been more about getting the player experience with playing with the country's very best. 

Bamford will be eager to impress during the international break and will surely have his eyes on earning a first start under manager Gareth Southgate.

Southgate's men face two highly-rated sides in the next week, with Portugal at home up first quickly followed by France. 

The stage is perfectly set for Bamford to take advantage of Berahino's promotion to the senior England team, as he looks to open his under-21 goalscoring account in the process.

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