Ivan Toney admits he thought he was in trouble with Brentford boss Thomas Frank before being told he’d got an England call-up.
The Bees striker has made a fast start to the season and has been rewarded with his first inclusion into the Three Lions fold for their UEFA Nations League clashes against Italy and Germany.
England boss Gareth Southgate allowed Frank to break the news to Toney.
But Toney says when he was called by Frank he thought he was going to get an earful about his timekeeping before revealing his family’s brilliant reaction to his call-up.
“I was driving to training, the Brentford gaffer called me,” Toney said at a press conference. “I was running a bit late so I actually thought he was calling about my timekeeping!
“He just said he was privileged to tell me I had been called up to the England squad. It was the first time in my life I haven’t had anything to say.
“I was driving to training thinking, ‘Wow, I’m actually going to play with the senior England squad’.
“We have a family group chat, I video called everybody, I broke the news and they were screaming for about 20 minutes. My dad was beeping his horn, wherever he was.
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“It is a massive opportunity for me to get myself on the plane (to the World Cup in Qatar). But I’ve just got to go game by game. Hopefully I’ll get a few minutes in the games we have.”
When asked about his inclusion in the squad, Toney added: “Never doubted it.
“I feel like I have full confidence in myself, I have just got to keep working hard and it makes it that much sweeter when you get the chance.
“I never played for any of the other age groups so going straight to the senior squad is a big achievement. I’m proud of it and I wouldn’t want it to go any other way.”
Toney could make his debut in England’s clash against Italy on Friday night, a match you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 7:45pm.
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