Ivan Toney has revealed he rejected the prospect to represent Jamaica at international level just before Euro 2020 – because he felt his prospects of playing for England were growing stronger and stronger. The Brentford frontman, who shouldn’t be wanting confidence each on and off the sphere, has detailed the extent of his own self-belief and determination that has proven to be an admirable driving force on his option to Three Lions recognition from Gareth Southgate.
Toney was playing League One football just over two years ago in 2020 before he accomplished his £10million transfer – including add-ons – to Brentford from Peterborough.
Posh at the moment are set to earn one other payday should the 26-year-old receive his first international cap during upcoming Nations League matches with Italy and Germany.
The 26-year-old, who has not represented England at youth level, has five Premier League goals and two assists in seven outings this season – form that has reportedly placed the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea on red alert.
Now Toney has outlined the explanations behind his decision to reject Jamaica in May 2021 – just before he helped the Bees achieve promotion to the Premier League.
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He added: “It is a privilege to play with big names, I’ve got to take it in my stride and hopefully I’ll get some more playing time with them.
“That is my opportunity now, I’ve got to take it with each hands.
“I’m excited and assured. I’m very hungry, I have been working for this moment and I’m not going to let it go by me so I’ll take it with each hands and take advantage of it.
“I feel like I actually have full confidence in myself. I’ve just got to maintain working hard and it makes it that much sweeter after I do get the prospect.
“As you said, I’ve never played for any of the opposite age groups so I’m straight into the senior squad which is a giant achievement. I’ve never doubted myself.”
Toney’s penalty-taking ability is amongst one of the best in world football, having only ever missed one spot-kick.
He has netted a remarkable 18 of 18 penalties for the Bees – an unusual quality that might stand him in great stead when the time comes for Southgate to call his squad.
When quizzed on who will likely be taking penalties, Toney paid tribute to his fellow forward Kane, responding: “Listen he’s done it on a much bigger stage, so I’ll say Harry Kane.”