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Patrick makes Young Lions debut

19 November 2013

Patrick Bamford made his England Under-21s debut in the side’s 9-0 demolition of San Marino in the UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier this evening.

The MK Dons striker, on loan from Chelsea, was called up to the squad on Sunday evening and Young Lions boss Gareth Southgate chose to introduce the striker with England 8-0 up in the 65th minute.

Two each from Danny Ings and Tom Ince as well as goals from Michael Keane, Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse all but guaranteed all three points were wrapped up before the break before Sterling netted his second and the Young Lions’ eighth of the evening.

20-year-old Bamford, who has caps at U18s and U19s level, went close to connecting with Carl Jenkinson’s cross with 15 minutes to go; however a collision with the San Marino goalkeeper brought play to a halt. 

Will Hughes rounded off the scoring for England to take the score to 9-0, a record scoreline.

After the match Bamford turned down a request for his shirt from one of the San Marino players, but he will be hoping his brief cameo will lead to many more appearances for the Young Lions. 

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