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Frank: It’s tricky but Toney’s good enough for England

- JOE BERNSTEIN at Goodison Park

BRENTFORD boss Thomas Frank says striker Ivan Toney would deserve to be named in Thursday’s England squad on footballin­g merit. Manager Gareth Southgate watched Toney in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Everton but is unlikely to include him in the party to face Italy and Ukraine because the 26-year-old has accepted multiple charges of breaching the Football Associatio­n’s betting rules and faces a future ban.

Frank acknowledg­es the complexiti­es but says based on matters on the pitch alone, he should be included. Toney has scored 15 Premier League goals this season, a figure bettered only by Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.

‘If you look at the performanc­es, I don’t think you can get past him,’ said Frank. ‘He has shown in goals and assists — which are two pretty good numbers to be high on — that he is the No 2 behind Harry. I understand it is a tricky situation overall, but I just think he is a very good striker.

‘It depends on what kind of striker Gareth Southgate wants — there are different types. Marcus Rashford is a striker or a winger.’ Toney could miss several months after admitting to many of the 262 charges made by the FA at the end of last year. Brentford have continued to pick Toney until a sentence is delivered.

 ?? PA ?? Point made: goalkeeper David Raya motivates team-mate Ivan Toney
PA Point made: goalkeeper David Raya motivates team-mate Ivan Toney

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