England squad: Gareth Southgate includes ‘nightmare’ player after message from boss | Football | Sport

Gareth Southgate has found space in his latest England squad for Ivan Toney, who Brentford boss Thomas Frank claims is a ‘nightmare’ to play against. The striker is yet to win a cap for the Three Lions but his form this season has warranted the call-up, with 16 Premier League goals so far.

Toney was called up to the senior squad last September but he did not see the pitch. Despite his betting probe, Southgate has shown faith in the Bees talisman by including him in his group to face Italy and Ukraine in forthcoming Euros qualifiers.

Many felt that Toney was harshly overlooked for the World Cup last year and his red-hot form has continued in the Premier League since its resumption. The 27-year-old was on target again as Brentford beat Southampton on Wednesday night, although his call-up may have been signed and sealed long before then.

“It’s a nightmare to play against him,” said Frank after his side thumped Leeds last year. “Also I have said many times he is the best penalty taker in the world, and hopefully I wont get bored saying it.”


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