Frank backs Toney for England as Southgate looks for Kane deputy

Toney, who still has the option of representing Jamaica, has two goals and two assists in the Bees’ first six games in the top flight, and last weekend went toe-to-toe with Virgil van Dijk in the thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool.

The 25-year-old was not named in Gareth Southgate’s latest squad, announced on Thursday, with former Brentford man Ollie Watkins recalled as back-up to Harry Kane.

That role was fulfilled by Dominic Calvert-Lewin during Euro 2020, while Patrick Bamford, Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings have also been in recent squads but none have yet managed to make the spot their own.

“If Ivan continues to perform as he’s done so far I think he definitely will be,” Frank said when asked if he believed last year’s Championship top scorer could be capped by the end of the season.

“I think he is already looking at him, Gareth, and I would expect that. Gareth has done a fantastic job as the England manager and he’s a very detailed man so I’m convinced that he’s looking at Ivan.

“Then it’s a balance between who’s already in the squad, different types and all that. But Ivan’s performances, if he continues like this, will be in the run for that position in the squad.”

Brentford travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Sunday, where they will come up against another former Frank prodigy in Said Benrahma.

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