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Euro 2024: Can Ivan Toney return to compete for England and who are his main rivals?

Euro 2024: Can Ivan Toney return to compete for England and who are his main rivals?

Ivan Toney returned to football after an eight-month ban on 20 January

Ivan Toney is back in Brentford's target list after serving an eight-month ban for breaching betting rules.

The striker scored three goals in four matches, as the London club advanced to 14th place in the English Premier League table after Saturday’s match. 2-0 win over Wolverhampton.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank said so The striker is expected to leave In the summer, with Chelsea and Arsenal linked with the 27-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of next season.

After his goal at Molineux, Toney told BBC's Match of the Day programme: “I can't have clubs coming and taking me. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing which is scoring goals and as I said, what happens.” it will be.”

While he is resigned to losing his striker sooner rather than later, Frank has urged England coach Gareth Southgate to call him up to the Three Lions squad ahead of Euro 2024.

“I know what Ivan can bring and I think he is something different [that] “England doesn’t have it,” Frank said.

“He was always committed to the team, to the club and to his teammates.

“Who knows what will happen in the summer? What Ivan is good at is being in the moment, right now, here, ready. That's what he focuses on.”

Tony has one cap for England, coming on as a nine-minute substitute in the win over Ukraine in a Euro 2024 qualifier when he came on for Harry Kane.

The likes of Callum Wilson, Ollie Watkins and Marcus Rashford have the advantage of being around England's line-ups more regularly as Southgate can monitor their progress.

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With England captain Kane's seat on board guaranteed, BBC Sport assesses who Toney is fighting to be among Southgate's attacking options at Euro 2024.

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)

Club form in 2023-24: 16 league and cup goals; England career: three goals, nine international caps

It's not just Aston Villa that has changed since Unai Emery took over. Former Exeter City striker Ollie Watkins has been hammering home goals to thrust himself into Southgate's thoughts at Euro 2024. Will the Devon striker achieve the ultimate goal?

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal)

Club form in 2023-24: Six league and cup goals; England's run: no goals, one game

English striker Eddie Nketiah
Eddie Nketiah replaced Ollie Watkins in the 73rd minute of a friendly match against Australia in October 2023

Eddie Nketiah, who recently made his 100th Premier League appearance for Arsenal, missed Southgate's latest squad following an injury. But the striker will be motivated by the England coach's encouraging words when asked about his chances of participating in next summer's tournament. “He's an excellent finisher,” Southgate said.

Callum Wilson (Newcastle United)

Club form in 2023-24: Eight league and cup goals; England career: two goals, nine international matches

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson recently returned to action for Newcastle after a spell out due to injury

He is older than Kane, and Wilson has regularly been frustrated by injury problems. The 31-year-old scored eight goals in the Premier League to earn a call-up to Southgate's squad in November, although injury forced him to withdraw.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Club form in 2023-24: Five league and cup goals; England career: 17 goals, 59 caps

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English striker Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford is a regular in Gareth Southgate's England squad

It's been a difficult season for Rashford. The 26-year-old scored 17 goals in the Premier League last season, but has scored just five goals this season. Despite his struggles, Rashford retains Southgate's confidence. “He knows we love him,” the England coach said. “He has been exceptional in the last three games with us.” Rashford will almost certainly be included in the summer squad as a wide striker. Could it be an alternative plan to lead the line?

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)

Club form in 2023-24: 15 league and cup goals; England's run: no goals, one game

Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke
Dominic Solanke's only cap for England came in 2017

Dominic Solanke has enjoyed a fantastic season at Bournemouth and appears to be thriving under manager Andoni Iraola. He has scored 13 goals in the Premier League, already surpassing last season's tally of six, and is the highest-scoring English player in the Premier League in the 2023-24 season. Solanke has only played one cap for England, participating in a friendly match against Brazil in November 2017 when he was called up by Southgate.

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