Brentford’s Ivan Toney called up to England Euros squad

Image above: Ivan Toney; Photograph: Brentford FC

Brentford striker makes 26-man squad for Euros

Ivan Toney has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the European Championships. The Bees striker made the 26-man final squad, after seven players were omitted yesterday, (Thursday 6 June). The Euros begin for England on the 16 June against Serbia. The tournament is being held in Germany.

Toney has three England caps, coming on as a substitute for nine minutes in a Euro 2024 qualifying win against Ukraine, and against Belgium in March when he started and scored after 17 minutes. He also played in England’s final warm up game against Iceland, coming off the bench for Harry Kane.

He was banned for half of the season after breaking the Football Association rules on betting. He was also fined £50,000 by an independent panel after admitting 232 breaches. He scored in his first game back against Nottingham Forest, and then went on to score three in four games, but ended the season on a 12-game goal drought.

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In a press conference, Gareth Southgate said:

“The different profile of strikers is the reason for three. They all offer something different. We know Harry [Kane] is the starting guy, but Ollie [Watkins] and Ivan have different attributes and different strengths that we might need at any given time in a game.

“I think the way the game is now — five changes for competitive games, the demands on squads across the season — the squad is going to be tremendously important. We’ve got different options, and we’ll use them.”

Toney isn’t the only Brentford player to feature at the tournament this month. Club captain Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen and Mikkel Damsgaard have all been chosen to represent Denmark, they play in the same group as England.

Goalkeeper, Mark Flekken will also be at the tournament, representing the Netherlands. Backup goalkeeper, Thomas Strakosha is also at the tournament representing Albania.

Brentford fans delighted with Toney’s inclusion

The Chiswick Calendar spoke to Brentford fans about Toney’s inclusion in the squad. Here’s what they had to say:

Sam: “Very proud. He’s the first player to represent England whilst playing for Brentford. It puts our ‘bus stop’ on the map. Obviously we have players representing their nations, but having an England player there feels amazing.

“I did feel it was unfair that he wasn’t selected in 2022 for the World Cup squad, when he was in true form. I’m just hoping Southgate gives him a chance to play and proves all the doubters wrong. We’re behind Ivan all the way.”

Donna: “Me and my son Max have been on tenterhooks waiting of the final squad to be announced. Max idolises Ivan and was at his debut against Ukraine. He also went with his dad to the game against Iceland, when Ivan came off the bench.

“As Brentford fans we couldn’t be more proud. I told Ivan this at the awards night. His debut bought a tear to my eye. I can’t believe my dad didn’t get to see a Brentford player represent his country in a major tournament but I hope he knows and is looking down proud as punch as we all are.

“So proud to be a Brentford fan right now and always.”

Jonathan: “It is a proud moment for all Bees fans, but also surreal. Ivan has done so much for us, firstly helping us get promoted, but also helping us become an established Premier League team.

“After following the club for forty years, I didn’t think I’d see the day that we have a number of internationals playing in the Euros. When we play Denmark there could potentially be four Brentford players on the pitch, it’s unbelievable.”