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Leeds fans react to Robbie Keane's Patrick Bamford comments

Patrick Bamford of Middlesborough arrives prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Middlesbrough and Accrington Stanley at Riverside Stadium on January 28, 2017 in...

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford has been criticised by an Elland Road legend.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford battles with Wigan Athletic's Reece James during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19, 2019 in...

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.

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.

Patrick Bamford of Leeds United scores the opening goal by slotting the ball past Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Christian Walton during the Sky Bet Championship between Leeds United and Wigan...

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