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Why Ivan Toney MUST go to the World Cup with England



Ivan Toney of Brentford takes a throw in during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Arsenal FC at Brentford Community Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Brentford, England.

Ivan Toney’s debut as a Premier League footballer wasn’t his most impressive, but it was excellent nonetheless.

A quiet display of self-possessed composure, he knew he would belong at this level, characterized by a Tweeter (opens in a new tab) later that evening, “Nice kick-about with the boys”. He didn’t do enough to score that night – but he did enough for Mikel Arteta to use him as fuel in the reverse game.

Just over a year later, the program for the same match saw an illustration of Toney holding the Premier League ball and holding up three fingers. Two weeks ago he left the Brentford pitch with the match ball after a stunning hat-trick against Leeds United – and now he’s an England international. He is the first Brentford player to be called up for the Three Lions since their return to the top flight. He was always the obvious candidate.

Ivan Toney started the season superbly (Image credit: Getty)

Quite simply, it’s shocking that a player of this caliber has managed to play so much football in the lower leagues without anyone noticing what he’s capable of earlier. Toney is a complete striker and if England don’t take him to the World Cup, Gareth Southgate is making a huge mistake.