Bamford previously made a solitary appearance for the Republic of Ireland Under-18s in 2010 and from has played for England at youth level.

 

Previous Ireland managers Martin O’Neill and Mick McCarthy both tried to persuade Bamford to represent the Boys in Green, with McCarthy even announcing in 2019 that the striker would switch his allegiance but so far that has not come to pass.

 

 

Kenny insisted that he does not expect Bamford to switch his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland and instead stated that he is focused on getting the best out of his own players.

 

“There’s no doubt he’s a very good player, a quality centre-forward, but we have to believe in the talent that we have”, Kenny was quoted as saying by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

 

 

“We have to work to improve it and get better.

 

“It’s unusual for players to switch nationality – I’m not saying it never happens – so quickly after a situation of just being left out of a tournament.

 

 

“There are not many instances of that.

 

“Normally it’s over a long period.”

 

The Republic of Ireland boss believes that Bamford’s heart is clearly set on representing England and stressed there is nothing he can do about that.

 

“He is a good player, but his objective was clearly to play for England, so I have to respect that”, Kenny added.

 

Bamford, despite being in prolific goalscoring form for Leeds, netting 17 goals for them through the course of the league season, was not selected in the England squad for the upcoming European Championship.