‘This is why England are not winning any trophy soon’: Fans react to Gareth Southgate’s ‘CRIMINAL’ decision not to take Ivan Toney to the World Cup after Brentford star scores brace to shock Manchester City
Fans have questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave Ivan Toney at home for the World Cup after the Brentford netted a dramatic brace in his side’s win over Manchester City.
Despite having scored eight goals in 13 Premier League games this season before taking his tally into double figures in the win over Pep Guardiola’s side, Toney was not selected in Southgate’s 26-man squad.
Alongside England talisman Harry Kane, Southgate preferred Marcus Rashford and Callum Wilson over the in-form Toney as the strikers that will be on the plane to Qatar.
Fans have taken to social media to question Gareth Southgate’s decision to omit Ivan Toney from England’s World Cup squad
Toney responded to the snub by netting a brace as Brentford defeated Manchester City at the Etihad
Though missing out on a chance to make his England bow at a major tournament will have undoubtedly been a disappointment for the 26-year-old, Toney responded superbly at the Etihad.
The former Peterborough star opened the scoring after just 16 minutes when he forced his header past Ederson to give the visitors an unexpected early lead.
City hit back through Phil Foden, but Brentford would leave with the three points when Toney put himself in the right place at the right time to claim the winner seven minutes into injury time.
Fans on social media expressed their confusion with Toney’s omission from England’s World Cup squad
Following his exceptional performance in the win, fans took to social media to question why Toney was not selected by Southgate.
@iLatif_ wrote: So Southgate decided to take Mason Mount to the World cup and leave out of Ivan Toney? This is why England are not winning any trophy soon.
Another user added: ‘Ivan Toney has made Southgate look like a fool’
@hayes_hot also questioned the England manager’s selection: ‘Southgate needs to explain how Ivan Toney doesn’t warrant picking for the England squad, what a striker.’
A further user was more succinct in their analysis: ‘Toney making Southgate look like an idiot.’
While @AFCWalter_ wrote: ‘Southgate is a criminal for not bringing Toney to Qatar’