Team news: Patrick Bamford recalled by Middlesbrough for Wembley final

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Patrick Bamford has been recalled to the Middlesbrough starting eleven for this afternoon’s Championship play-off final.

The on-loan Chelsea ace, Boro’s top-scorer, was left out of the second-leg semi-final 3-0 victory against Brentford because of an ankle injury sustained at today’s opponents Norwich City.

Bamford replaces Kike, a scorer in the 3-0 success against the Bees, as Aitor Karanka opts for a Jelle Vossen-Bamford partnership.

Dean Whitehead holds down the right-back spot in a team that is otherwise unchanged.

Dimi Konstantopoulos, almost ten years to the day since he suffered play-off final heartache with Hartlepool United, is between the sticks.

Boro: Dimi, Whitehead, Gibson, Ayala, Friend; Leadbitter,Clayton, Tomlin; Adomah, Vossen, Bamford.

Subs: Ripley, Kike, Forshaw, Reach, Amorebita, Nsue, Woodgate