Ivan Toney breaks silence after England snub and betting offence charges after scoring in Brentford draw with Tottenham

    IVAN TONEY is keen to move on from his “painful” World Cup omission.

    Gareth Southgate left the Brentford striker, who struck his 11th Premier League goal of the season in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Spurs, out of his squad for Qatar.

    Ivan Toney scored at the back post from a corner


    Ivan Toney scored at the back post from a cornerCredit: AP

    The forward, 26, said: “Obviously it was painful not getting picked in the squad, but that’s life. 

    “The more you dwell on it, the more it’s going to hurt you. Just leave it behind you and focus on what’s coming next.”

    Toney was excellent in the topsy-turvy clash with Tottenham.

    It was even more impressive given he was playing under investigation by the FA over 262 alleged breaches of betting regulations, which could land him a long ban.

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    Bees boss Thomas Frank was at a loss to explain how his star striker is able to perform so well given his off-the-field issues.

    Frank said: “I wish I knew because then I would bottle it up and sell it for a lot of money and be very rich!

    “He is very special. Unbelievable character and mentality, and ability to focus in the moment, and stay focused, and drive to win.

    “His performance was ‘wow’.”

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    The draw took Brentford up to 20 points for the season and continues their streak of losing just one of their last seven Premier League games.

    In the positive run of form, the West Londoners have beaten Manchester City and shared the points with Chelsea and now Spurs.


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