Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford is still wanted by the Republic of Ireland.
Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has told The42 that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford now has no chance of playing for Ireland this summer.
McCarthy returned as Ireland manager back in November, and whilst he has lost Declan Rice to England, he’s been looking at other ways to improve his squad.
That includes Bamford, as the Leeds striker qualifies to play for Ireland through a grandparent, and even has one cap for the Irish Under-18’s to his name from way back in 2010.
Bamford later played for England’s Under-18’s, 19’s and 21’s, but with no chance of a call-up to the England senior side, he may be tempted to switch his allegiance.
Ireland do have Shane Long, David McGoldrick and Sean Maguire at McCarthy’s disposal, but adding Bamford would give Ireland another player for Ireland to pick in attack.
The 25-year-old has hit nine goals in 21 games for Leeds this season, but shelved plans to switch his international allegiance in order to come back from injury.
Now, McCarthy has admitted that he was happy to let Bamford concentrate on Leeds, but it now means he won’t play in Ireland’s summer internationals due to passport and paperwork issues, with any debut – should he switch – only coming next season.
“He told me he wanted to concentrate on his football, so I let him do that and he wanted to [finish] his season because he’d been injured,” said McCarthy. “Let him concentrate on that and he’s no chance of being involved in the summer, because he hasn’t got his passport or his papers or whatever it takes to do it.”
“So the only chance he’s got is if he tells me at the end of the season and it could be September, October [or] November,” he added.