Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew believes Patrick Bamford can play for England

Crystal Palace signed Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea during the summer transfer window.

Alan Pardew has claimed at his press conference this afternoon - covered by the club's official Twitter account - that Crystal Palace striker Patrick Bamford has the ability to play for England.

Bamford has endured a difficult start to life at Selhurst Park, with his initial appearances since joining proving disappointing.

But Pardew still believes that the Chelsea loanee has a lot of potential, if he continues to work at the faults that exist in his game at present.

Bamford has struggled to break into the Eagles’ starting line-up since joining them during the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old has made just six appearances for Palace so far, and he has failed to impress when included in the first-team.

Bamford was handed a starting berth against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but his performance was well off the pace, and he seems to be struggling with the transition to top level football.

Pardew clearly believes that the youngster has the potential to adapt to Premier League life, though, and will be hoping that Bamford can show his true colours as the season progresses.

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