Ivan Toney admits being undecided on international future

Tom Gott
Ivan Toney has hit the ground running in the Premier League
Ivan Toney has hit the ground running in the Premier League / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Ivan Toney has confessed that he is still undecided over which team to represent at international level with the Brentford striker eligible for both England and Jamaica.

Toney was a dominant force in the Championship, smashing goal records with a return of 31 in 45 games last year. That form had some England fans calling for the striker to be handed a spot in Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2020, but it wasn't to be.

Jamaica, on the other hand have made it clear that they are keen to bring Toney in as soon as possible, having previously secured the international futures of other big names like Andre Gray, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Michail Antonio.

Sitting down for the On the Judy Podcast - part of the 90min Podcast Network - 25-year-old Toney admitted he is yet to make a decision and he is still simply enjoying the thought of being involved with an international side.

"I've only recently burst onto the scene in the Championship," he said. "There was a bit of, 'Do they want me, do they not?' But now Jamaica has come forward and they're interested in taking me on board. That alone, I'm privileged for my name to be involved with international teams.

"Obviously, I can play for Jamaica or England, and people are saying, 'Should he go to England or Jamaica?' I think it's crazy for my name to be out there like that, let alone considering who I'm going to choose.

"When the time's right, and whatever the future holds, it'll just fall into place. I'd have to have a long chat with my family first, see what goes on and how things pan out. I'm sure the right international side will come forward and I'll choose them."

Toney was under no illusion of the level of competition for minutes in the England squad. Former Brentford man Ollie Watkins has made the jump, but the real threat is a man to whom Toney has been compared in the past, Tottenham's Harry Kane.

In recent years, Kane's dominant goalscoring has been complimented with a new-found level of creativity, and Toney has followed suit. He racked up ten assists in the Championship last season and has continued to terrorise Premier League defences with his link-up play this year.

"Of course [comparisons to Kane and Sergio Aguero] blow my mind," Toney admitted. "To hear my name along with these guys, it's just crazy.

"I look up to them, Aguero and Kane, so for my name to be among them in terms of finishing, it's crazy. I'm just happy for my name to be out there, ringing how it is, and hopefully I can continue to keep proving and scoring goals."

A natural goalscorer, Toney has rarely struggled to find the back of the net. Before his heroics with Brentford, he shone during loans with Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe United, while it was his return for Peterborough - 24 goals in 32 games in 2019/20 - that really put him on the map.

When asked for his secret, Toney added: "I was speaking to my dad, and I said, 'why can't I score every game?'. You're going to get one chance a game, at least, you've just got to make sure you put that chance away because you might not get another one. That chance you do get, if you score that, that's it. With a chance a game, if you score every chance you get, then your stats go up.

"There have been chances where I just know that if someone shoots at this angle, the goalkeeper can only parry it this direction, so I'm going to go there just in case he parries it, and I feel like a lot of my goals have been like that. People say it's luck, but it's not luck. I don't know if you can teach it, you kind of have to know these things."


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