Whilst England captain Harry Kane is a certainty to be on the plane for Qatar and lead his country out as the Three Lions’ main centre-forward, Ivan Toney could be in line to be an excellent backup.
Gareth Southgate has some good options to choose from up top, with the likes of Callum Wilson and Tammy Abraham to name a few, but the performances of Toney for Brentford in the Premier League may be enough to finally earn the former Northampton Town striker his first England cap.
Toney has been impressive across his time in England’s top tier, but this season has seen him step it up even further. So far in the 2022/23 campaign, Toney has five goals in six Premier League games – bettered only by Erling Haaland and Aleksandar Mitrovic – as well as two assists. It isn’t just his stats that have stood out, his all-round play has been a joy to watch with his third goal to seal the hat-trick against Leeds last weekend being an example. In that goal, Toney collected the ball and skipped past a defender, putting the ball through his legs, before getting around the Leeds ‘keeper Illan Meslier and elegantly dinking the ball over defenders into the net, from outside the box.
As the Bees’ striker continues to shine, he could be in with a shout of a call-up if his fantastic form continues.