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Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa refuses to be drawn into debate over whether Gareth Southgate should hand Patrick Bamford an England call-up after striker's recent goal glut Patrick Bamford has opened up the season with six goals in as many games Record includes a hat-trick at Aston Villa in latest outing for Leeds United But Marcelo Bielsa refuses to be drawn into a debate over a Bamford England call

By Mark Walker, Press Association

Published: 10:08 GMT, 31 October 2020 | Updated: 10:08 GMT, 31 October 2020

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Marcelo Bielsa has refused to speculate on whether in-form striker Patrick Bamford should be considered for an England call-up.

Bamford has confounded his critics following Leeds' Premier League return, scoring six goals in as many games. Only Tottenham's Son Heung-min (eight) and Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (seven) have scored more.

After scoring in each of Leeds' first three matches, Bamford fired a brilliant hat-trick in last week's 3-0 win at Aston Villa, but Bielsa has chosen not to join in the debate.

Patrick Bamford has been in stunning form for Leeds United at the start of the season

Patrick Bamford has been in stunning form for Leeds United at the start of the season

The striker scored a hat-trick in his most recent outing at Aston Villa in the Premier League

The striker scored a hat-trick in his most recent outing at Aston Villa in the Premier League

'The national team manager looks at all the players that can play in a certain position and he has the possibility to compare them all,' Bielsa said.

'He would be the more adequate person to make this contribution as he compares all the players, while all the other managers are concentrating on their own team.

'All I can say is I would be very happy if Bamford is under consideration, but as I explained to you, I can't have an opinion on this.'

However Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has distanced himself from the debate over an England call-up for his in-form striker

However Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has distanced himself from the debate over an England call-up for his in-form striker

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