Bamford has been in fine form in the Championship. Richard Sellers
Deja Vu

The Championship Player of the Year has hinted he'd consider playing for Ireland

Joe Garner, Jack Grealish and Mark Noble are not the only English-born players being linked with the Boys in Green.

JACK GREALISH IS not the only player who is unsure of whether to declare for England or Ireland, it seems.

In an interview with Talksport, Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford — who has recently been rewarded for his fine performances on loan at Middlesbrough with the Championship Player of the Year accolade — refused to rule out representing Ireland at senior level.

Lincolnshire-born Bamford is eligible to play for Ireland under the ‘Granny Rule,’ and has featured for the Boys in Green at U18 level, before subsequently switching allegiances to the England underage set-up.

However, Bamford denied that he has closed the door on another u-turn in the future, saying:

“My mum’s side is Irish and my dad’s side is English so it was a tough decision for me [to switch].

“Being English, it was always my dream to play for England, but I am not going to rule out either option. You never know.”

Bamford has managed 17 goals for Boro this season, with his side currently vying for automatic promotion, as they sit third, level on points with second place Bournemouth.

He added that he is hopeful of breaking into the Chelsea first team in the near future as a result of his fine form in the Championship.

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