Brentford striker Toney gets England call-up

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been named in the England squad.

Toney has enjoyed an excellent start to the new Premier League season, scoring five goals in the first six games including a brilliant hat-trick against Leeds United in the Bees’ last game.

The 26-year-old will be involved in the squad for the Nations League games against Italy and Germany – England’s final two fixtures before the start of the Qatar World Cup in November.

It would be the first time Toney has played for England at any age level, having started his career at Northampton Town before going on to join Newcastle United where he was loaned out on six separate occasions.

He then signed for Peterborough United before joining Brentford in August 2020, scoring 31 goals as Thomas Frank’s side were promoted to the Premier League and finished with 12 goals in all competitions last season.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has previously backed the striker for his first England call-up, claiming he is the most in-form English striker behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Reece James and Ben Chilwell are also included in the squad, with Chilwell returning to the fold after recovering from a long-term knee injury.