Bamford set for England start vs Andorra as Leeds striker earns “special” debut

Patrick Bamford is set to start for England against Andorra on Sunday evening as he prepares to make his international debut on his 28th birthday.

The Athletic report that he is expected to start the World Cup qualifier after being an unused substitute in the 4-0 win over Hungary on Thursday night.

Gareth Southgate is expected to make wholesale changes from Thursday's win in Budapest against the minnows of Andorra as England look to maintain their winning start.

The Three Lions currently sit top of group I with a maximum 12 points from their opening four qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup.

Bamford is expected to replace captain Harry Kane in the line-up, with Kane to be rested ahead of Wednesday's match away to Poland.

Following the withdrawal of Dominic Calvert-Lewin from the squad last week, Bamford and Kane are the only out and out strikers un Southgate's squad.

The match against Andorra would present Bamford with his senior England debut on his 28th birthday, after he was named in a senior England squad for the first time.

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The Leeds forward has previously rejected approaches from the Republic of Ireland having been determined to win a call-up to the England squad.

His impressive form for Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds have earned him a place with the national team after he finished last season as the second highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League behind Kane.

He has also started this season strongly, scoring once in three league matches after finding the net in the draw with Burnley last weekend.

Southgate hinted that he may start against Andorra when he spoke to the media on Saturday, stating that "It's a special moment for him and his family. You always think about people that have helped you on that journey.

"We want him to do what he does every week with his club. He has settled in really well with the group, he hasn't had a huge amount of time to be able to train with us yet but I think he's got a really clear picture of how we like to play.

"We just want him to go and enjoy his football. It's an opportunity and he shouldn't put any more pressure on himself than that. We know what he's capable of and we're looking forward to seeing him play."

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