‘He was the best player on the pitch’: Ivan Toney shows just why he should have been selected for England in two-goal win over Man City as Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch also praise ‘dynamic’ Brentford’s work in shock victory
- Ivan Toney starred during Brentford’s 1-2 win over Manchester City on Saturday
- Toney scored twice just a day after being left out England’s World Cup squad
- The star striker inflicted City’s first home defeat of the season at the Etihad
- Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch both heaped praise on the 26-year-old attacker
Ivan Toney’s has sent a message of intent to England manager Gareth Southgate after not being selected for the World Cup with a man-of-the-match performance in Sunday’s 1-2 win over Man City.
Toney scored both goals as Brentford stunned top-of-the-table chasers Man City with a brilliant Etihad outing as the visitors scored late to inflict a destabilising defeat on Pep Guardiola’s side.
Following the match, former Man United and Three Lions defender Rio Ferdinand praised Brentford’s ‘dynamic’ approach on their way to victory over the Premier League champions.
Ivan Toney starred as Brentford inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Manchester City
‘What a result. A lot of teams come here and get penned back but if you’ve got the right profile of players who are dynamic enough to be resilient at the back and be a threat you have a chance, said Ferdinand.
‘It’s not just about Toney, all of these players had to perform.’
Brentford have now beaten both Manchester sides having thumped Man United 4-0 earlier in the season. Saturday’s stunning victory moves the Bees into the top-half of the Premier League table.
Toney (right) scored twice during Saturday’s stunning away victory at the Etihad Stadium
Fellow pundit and ex-England striker Peter Crouch echoed similar statements as he labelled the Brentford goalscorer as the ‘best player on the pitch’ in Saturday’s top-flight clash.
‘Toney was the best player on the pitch. He held the ball up well. It was a great reaction. Thomas Frank will be pinging down those slopes.’