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England Nations League squad: Ivan Toney set for first call-up today

by: fifa2022newsnet

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Ivan Toney is set to be included in Gareth Southgate’s last pre-World Cup England squad as a wildcard option after Brentford striker’s storming start to the Premier League season… with Jarrod Bowen and Marc Guehi also set to retain their places

Brentford striker Ivan Toney is set to receive his first call-up to the England squad this afternoon, while Jarrod Bowen and Marc Guehi are thought to have retained their places.

Toney has enjoyed an outstanding start to the season, scoring five goals in six appearances for the Bees, and his performances have caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate.

Sportsmail understands the 26-year-old will make Southgate’s squad and will now get the chance to put his case forward for going to the World Cup in Qatar in November.

Ivan Toney is set to be rewarded for his club form by being named in the England squad

Ivan Toney is set to be rewarded for his club form by being named in the England squad

Bowen is perhaps fortunate to have kept his place, given he is yet to score in the Premier League

Guehi has impressed for Crystal Palace in the first few weeks of the new season

Jarrod Bowen and Marc Guehi are thought to have retained their places in the England squad

England‘s games against Italy and Germany during the upcoming international break are their final matches before the tournament gets underway. 

England captain Harry Kane has established himself as Southgate’s first-choice striker, but the competition to be his understudy has been fierce for a number of years.

The likes of Ollie Watkins, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Callum Wilson and Patrick Bamford have been given opportunities to stake their claim in the past but none have managed to nail down their place in the squad.

The latter three are currently dealing with fitness issues and Toney has managed to jump ahead of them in the pecking order for now, while he is expected to be preferred to Watkins.

Tammy Abraham has also worked his way into England contention over the past 12 months after thriving at Roma.

Harry Kane is England's first-choice striker, but Toney could get a chance as his understudy

Harry Kane is England’s first-choice striker, but Toney could get a chance as his understudy

Tammy Abraham could also make the squad alongside Kane and Toney this afternoon

Tammy Abraham could also make the squad alongside Kane and Toney this afternoon

He has had a relatively quiet start to the season but scored in his latest outing against Empoli on Monday, and could get the nod from Southgate once more as another option behind Kane. 

Bowen is perhaps fortunate to have kept his place, given he is yet to score in the Premier League this season.

The West Ham forward has scored twice in the Europa Conference League but it yet to provide a goal or assists in league action.

Guehi was called up for the first time in March after impressing for Crystal Palace and kept his place in June. 

His form has once again been solid at the start of the new season and Southgate has opted to stick with im. 

England are currently checking on Marcus Rashford's fitness after he picked up a muscle injury

England are currently checking on Marcus Rashford’s fitness after he picked up a muscle injury

England are believed to be checking on the fitness of Marcus Rashford ahead of confirming their latest squad.

The Manchester United forward has returned to form this season, finding the net against Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks.

But he’s not made the trip for the Red Devils’ Europa League match against Sheriff on Thursday night due to a muscle injury.

If he misses out for England, this could increase Toney’s chances of getting some game time against Italy and Germany. 

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