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Middlesbrough ace Patrick Bamford may switch to Republic of Ireland

In-form Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford is considering playing for the Republic of Ireland, if he gets the call-up from manager Martin O'Neill.

And among those hoping to persuade Bamford to pledge his international future to the Republic is his Boro team-mate and Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

The former Chelsea forward, who played for Ireland until U-18 level before switching to England, has been in scintillating form for Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough under new manager Tony Pulis.

Bamford, who struggled for goals following his £6 million move from Chelsea, has now scored eight in the last five games since the switch to keep his side in Championship play-off contention.

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