Bamford heaps praise on ‘best striker in the world’ Kane

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Patrick Bamford

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford says he is learning from “the best striker in the world” Harry Kane whilst on international duty with England.

Bamford has been called up by Gareth Southgate for the first time after three excellent years with Leeds.

The Three Lions have three World Cup qualifiers during the international break.

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They play Hungary on Thursday evening before facing Andorra at Wembley on Saturday and conclude the break with a trip to Poland next Wednesday.

And Bamford has been discussing his maiden call-up, crediting Marcelo Bielsa for helping change the course of his career.

“He’s not said too much to me [about the England call-up],” Bamford said.

“I think he wanted to keep me level-headed, keep me working hard so I could concentrate on the game at the weekend.

“But after the game he saw me talking to my mum and dad. He came over and congratulated them and just said to enjoy it. He’s not one to make a massive fuss over it.

“In terms of the imprint he’s had on me and on my game, it’s massive. He’s improved me no end and I think that goes for the whole squad.

“He’s improved certain aspects of my game that I probably wouldn’t have even thought about as he’s very meticulous with detail and always wants to improve.”

When asked about his England teammate Kane, the 27-year-old claimed they are different types of strikers.

“I’ve not really modelled my game on Harry,” Bamford said. “For me, he’s the best striker in the world as an out-and-out No.9.

“But there are certain aspects where I look up to him and see where I can improve. Even in training I saw how crisp his contacts with the ball is when he’s finishing.

“I don’t know if our game is as similar as people make out because I run in behind a lot more and there are different aspects of it but there are definitely things I can learn from him.”

Bamford was on target on Sunday afternoon as his Leeds side drew 1-1 at Burnley.

Both sides are still chasing their first win of the season after the points were shared at Turf Moor.