Brentford’s Ivan Toney left out of England squad for Italy clash


Ivan Toney will be left out of the England squad for Friday’s Nations League clash against Italy alongside Ben Chilwell, Marc Guehi, Jordan Henderson and the suspended John Stones.

Brentford striker Ivan Toney was left out England Matchday squad for Friday UEFA Nations League collide with Italy at San Siro.

The 26-year-old made his first call-up to the Three Lions earlier this month as England look to avoid relegation from Group 3 of League A in the Nations League.

Toney’s inclusion in the England squad came after the striker scored 12 Premier League goals in the 2021/22 season and he has already registered five goals and two assists from seven games in the top flight this season.

“We’ve been following him with Ivan Toney for a long time. I had a good chat with Thomas Frank about him last season,” Southgate said of the striker’s selection.

“His form and qualities – not only his scoring chances but also his technical ability, build-up play and header ability – give us a different threat than some of the other players we might pick.”

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Brentford's Ivan Toney celebrates scoring his second goal on September 3, 2022©Reuters

However, Toney will be forced to wait a little longer for his Three Lions debut after being left out of Southgate’s 23-man squad for the trip to San Siro.

Harry Kane He is expected to lead the line for England as he continues his attempt to break Wayne RooneyAll-time goalscoring record – the Tottenham Hotspur man currently has 50 goals compared to Rooney’s 53.

There is no place in the squad for the Liverpool midfielder alongside Toney Jordan Hendersonwho was called up to replace the injured Calvin Phillips but has just returned from a hamstring problem herself.

Southgate is reportedly optimistic that Henderson can play a role against Germany on Monday and the England boss has also left Ben Chilwell and Marc Guehi from his squad for Friday’s game.

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centre-back John Steinemeanwhile, will be serving a suspension after being sent off in June’s 4-0 defeat by Hungary, which should make that possible Harry Maguire the chance to convince in the back three.

Harry Maguire in action for Manchester United on September 8, 2022©Reuters

The 29-year-old has been dropped from Manchester United’s first starting XI Eric ten Hag and has not started any of their four Premier League wins this season Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane form a strong partnership.

Southgate told reporters at Thursday’s press conference that he still believes in Maguire, saying: “It’s clearly not an ideal situation. You want your best players to play regularly so they are in good physical and mental place.

“But he’s an important player for us. I think it’s important to support our best players. He understands that he’s at a big club, he’s got a big transfer fee and he’s the club’s captain, so I think he therefore more in the spotlight.”

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“He is focused on training well every day and getting back into the team. The squad that we picked, there’s a whole range of players that you could argue we could have left out, but I think we wanted to keep that group together and to keep them involved.”

Jude Bellingham is also expected to be a partner Declan Rice in the absence of Henderson and Phillips in midfield as England look to improve on their meager two-point record in Group 3.

The Three Lions are bottom of the table after failing to win their first four games and will be relegated to League B if they lose to the European champions on Friday.

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