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TONEY TARGETING THREE LIONS TRIP

- ■ by MIKE WALTERS and NEIL McLEMAN

IVAN TONEY hopes to reignite his England career tonight by sinking the champions again.

Brentford’s talisman saw off Manchester City with a 98th-minute winner last season, just 24 hours after being left out of the Three Lions’ World Cup squad.

He had made his internatio­nal debut against Ukraine eight months earlier in a season he littered with 20 Premier League goals.

Toney (left) has scored four times in five appearance­s since his eight-month ban for breaching FA betting rules, and he still looks the best alternativ­e to Harry Kane as the focal point of Gareth Southgate’s frontline.

His target is a call-up to England’s Euros squad this summer, and he said: “That’s the goal, but I don’t know what’s going to happen between now and then.

“My England debut was a dream come true, but I don’t want to be dipping in and dipping out. I want it to be a continuous thing, a longterm thing. Hopefully I can get in the squad and contribute a lot more.”

Toney was on target against Premier League leaders Liverpool at the weekend in a 4-1 defeat, but he has another chance to affect the title race at City, where his last-gasp winner 15 months ago was a powerful statement after missing the cut for England’s crusade in Qatar.

He added: “There was a lot of talk before that game, but I kept on doing my thing when I had the chance. Scoring two goals and helping the team beat the champions, that’s some doing.”

Meanwhile, Bees boss Thomas Frank claims his side could come up against a future Ballon d’Or winner tonight in Phil Foden.

Frank said: “For me Foden is the closest I think England have to potentiall­y getting a Ballon d’Or winner in the future.

“He has got that potential, that level. He can influence the game in so many ways.”

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