Ivan Toney has suggested that he would be happy to stay at Brentford this month in order to ensure maximum playing time ahead of this summer’s Euros. Toney has been linked with a move away from west London over the last few months, with Arsenal said to have an interest in bringing him to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners are seemingly in desperate need of more firepower and have been linked with a January move for Toney, who has emerged as one of the Premier League’s finest strikers in recent years. However, the 27-year-old remains confident that his work in a Brentford shirt will get him a place in the England squad for the upcoming Euros in Germany.
“If somebody’s scoring goals and doing well, no matter who they’re playing for, it’s a great chance to put yourself forward to be in the window to be playing for England,” Toney told The Mirror.
“I did watch a bit [of the World Cup]. But that was even more painful watching, knowing I could have been involved in that, but what’s done is done. I can’t change anything. Yeah, it was painful, but life is painful. You just have to concentrate on what’s in front rather than what’s behind.”
Toney will have plenty of competition for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad and will be looking to stake his claim by finding his form in the second half of the season. He will be battling the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jarrod Bowen, Callum Wilson and Ollie Watkins for a spot on the plane and will need to be firing on all cylinders to stand the best chance of going to Germany.
The forward went on to suggest that he could put himself firmly in the picture by helping Brentford to achieve Premier League survival, with the Bees just four points clear of the relegation zone as things stand.
“That’s the aim, to try and get back to my form and be involved,” said Toney, who is nearing the end of an eight-month suspension for breaching football betting rules. “We know there are other great strikers around at the moment and they will do so well, but it’s up to me to make sure I come straight back firing and put my name in the frame to be looked at.
“It’s going to take hard work, dedication. But, like I said, that’s a goal to look towards and being involved in that would be a massive achievement.”
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