Brentford striker Ivan Toney recalled to England squad after eight month ban

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Striker recalled to Gareth Southgate’s side after ban for betting

Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been recalled to Gareth Southgate’s England team after serving an eight month ban for betting. The 27 year-old striker returned to Brentford in January and has scored four goals in nine games since returning for Thomas Frank’s men. He made his England debut in a 2-0 win against Ukraine, last March.

Toney was banned in May last year after admitting to 232 breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules and fined £50,000. His ban ended on 16 January this year and he scored in his first game back against Nottingham Forest.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank said the call up was “fully deserved,” he went on to say Toney “has all the abilities and qualities to play for England so I’m very pleased.”

Toney will be contesting for the back up striker role to captain Harry Kane. His competition is Ollie Watkins; the former Brentford man has scored sixteen Premier League goals this season, whilst also providing ten assists.

Gareth Southgate said:

“I think we feel that Ivan is one of the contenders in that role, so it is important to bring him back in and be able to work with him again. He has shown, coming back into Brentford’s team, the impact and quality that he can have.”