Ivan Toney is being talked up for a place in England’s World Cup squad, which could be bad news for Newcastle United star Callum Wilson.
The Magpies’ number nine has been very open about his desire to represent his country in Qatar. Wilson last played for England in 2019, and has four caps and one goal to his name.
However, his impressive end to last season and bright start to this season has proven how important he could be for the Three Lions, especially as a backup to Harry Kane.
Wilson has scored twice so far this season, finding the net against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.
However, his injury issues have also reared their ugly head again. The forward is currently out with a hamstring problem, all the while another English striker is outscoring him.
Ivan Toney more likely to go to the World Cup than Callum Wilson right now
While Wilson is currently out of action, Toney is flying for Brentford. The 26-year-old has scored five goals so far this season, including a wonderful hat-trick against Leeds on Saturday.
Toney showcased his incredible ability in the 5-2 victory, showing different sides to his game with all three goals. The first was a penalty that he won and then converted with aplomb. Then his second was a blockbuster free-kick that no keeper in the world was saving.
His third was incredibly impressive too, showing composure before dinking the ball over the Leeds defence after Illan Meslier’s failed clearance.
After the game, Brentford boss Thomas Frank tipped his striker to make it into Southgate’s squad.
“Off the top of my head, looking at strikers on form, Harry Kane is number one but there is not a better striker after Kane on form [than Toney],” he told the Evening Standard on Saturday.
“I don’t see a better one. Plus England have been in a few penalty shootouts and if they want to win one they need to pick Ivan.”
It’s difficult to argue with Frank. Toney has started the season brilliantly, and is in better form than Wilson. And the sad thing for Wilson is that he can’t better his England chances as long as he’s injured.
Interestingly, Toney was linked with a £40million move to Newcastle this summer. But while he didn’t take Wilson’s place at St James’ Park, he could potentially take his place in the England squad.
The more goals Toney scores and the longer Wilson is out of action, the more likely it is that the former Newcastle striker will be going to the World Cup rather than the current one.