Brentford striker Ivan Toney has mentioned he’s ‘prepared’ to go to the World Cup with England if he’s chosen in Gareth Southgate’s 26-player squad.
The 26-year-old was referred to as into the Three Lions setup for the primary time in his profession final month, although didn’t make it onto the pitch to earn a maiden cap.
Toney scored a brace – a deft flick adopted by a trademark cool penalty – to earn Brentford a 2-0 win in opposition to Brighton on Friday, leaving solely Erling Haaland forward of him within the Premier League scoring standings.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities post-match, Toney insisted he felt like he belonged whereas away with England and is prepared for the World Cup ought to he be chosen once more.
“I really feel good. I am able to go,” Toney mentioned. “Clearly everybody’s speaking about England. Clearly I used to be disillusioned to not get on, however you have to hold working onerous.
“You are taking part in with the most effective of the most effective. With out being big-headed, I did not really feel misplaced.
“I felt I used to be prepared for that step and at any time when it comes alongside and at any time when I’ve acquired the prospect to get minutes, I am able to take my alternative.”
Brentford boss Thomas Frank made the case for Toney heading to the World Cup after the Brighton win, including: “It will be an enormous factor, we spoke about it when he first acquired referred to as up. If he might get a cap, it could be wonderful as a result of it could be the primary time in, I do not know, 80 years [since a Brentford player starred for England]. We hold breaking information nowadays so it could be one other one. For Ivan, it could be wonderful.
“I personally assume – I respect Gareth a lot, he is aware of the larger image than me and I am biased as I am solely Ivan however I do know him very properly – I feel he is an ideal match for the squad in order for you that flexibility in your strikers. I do not see one striker that may do the identical as him.”