Republic of Ireland legend Robbie Keane didn't hold back when asked about Leeds United hitman Patrick Bamford.
It's all going a bit cat and mouse between Ireland boss Mick McCarthy and Bamford, who is eligible to represent the Boys in Green at international level.
The England-born Leeds striker wasn't included in McCarthy's squad this month and the former Ipswich Town manager stated that he wouldn't be chasing after the 25-year-old, insisting the onus is on him to pick up the phone if he wants to kick-start his international career.
Keane, speaking to The Irish Sun, said: "We shouldn't be chasing people, by the way. That's what f***ing winds me up. We shouldn't be chasing people.
"They should want to play for us. If they don't, then no problem. Why should we go and chase people? We are f***ing Ireland."
Bamford isn't Mr Popular even among many Leeds fans right now. The former Middlesbrough marksman brought an element of shame to the club with his theatrics in that fiery game against Aston Villa in April, while his end-of-season form didn't help United in their promotion bid either.
Here's how supporters of the Elland Road club reacted to Keane's comments. Some agreed with the former Leeds star, while others sided with Bamford.
He's 100% right too. Bamford acting the candy man and not even backing it up with performances at the end of the season.— Liam Tunney (@ismiseliam) June 16, 2019
Not being funny but why don’t they actually go for people who are actually Irish and not English people who are too shit to play for England— Matty Harrison (@harrisonmatty1) June 17, 2019
Good on him. It’s a privilege to play for a club - any club! - and to be recognised as international quality should be 10x that . Well done RK— Guy Branston (@Brano1979) June 17, 2019
I’ve no problem with Robbie on this he’s absolutely correct. Why would Bamford want to play for Ireland if he’s English he should want to play for England?— Paul Wilkins (@MNLeedsUtd) June 16, 2019
Your kidding,Robbie, the republic has spent 30 years chasing players to play for you lot.— David Archibald (@davarch1) June 17, 2019
‘We’re Ireland’ that obviously excites him— Ray (@leedsinyork) June 17, 2019
“I’ll tell you with Patrick Bamford, he should be chasing us. He should want to come here. If he doesn’t want to, no problem."— Jack (@JackGriff92) June 17, 2019
Why should he want to go there? He's English, it's his grandparents who are Irish. He's not chasing because he doesn't want to. Get a grip Robbie.
The Irish don't have an international fixture until September and you would hope that this has been resolved by then.
If Bamford hasn't phoned McCarthy to tell him where he stands by then, then maybe it's time the manager looked elsewhere.
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