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Toney one of five left England squad for Nations League tie against Italy

Ivan Toney looks up

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Brentford’s Ivan Toney will not make his much anticipated England debut in Friday’s Nations League game against Italy.

The 26-year-old was first called up this month by Gareth Southgate for ties to Germany and Roberto Mancini’s side.


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Speaking of his first inclusion in the Three Lions squad, Toney told reporters: “I never doubted it.

“I feel like I have full confidence in myself, I just have to keep working hard and it makes it so much more fun when you get the chance.

“I’ve never played for any of the other age groups, so it’s a big achievement to go straight to the senior team. I’m proud of it and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.”

His debut could come when England face Germany on Monday.

If he doesn’t get a chance to impress it will be a real shame as his inclusion is highly justified given his form for Brentford since their promotion to the Premier League last year.

After Southgate called up 28 players for the international break, he had to cancel five for his side’s trip to Milan.

In addition to Toney, Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell have been left behind.

Henderson was only inducted into the roster after Kalvin Phillips had to withdraw to undergo shoulder surgery.

Manchester City defender John Stones is also not in it because he is serving a suspension in June for his red card against Hungary.

It was reported this morning that the Manchester United captain Harry Maguire starts against Italy.

This is according to David Ornstein, who says Maguire is “relaxed and confident” about his situation, despite falling out of favor under United boss Erik ten Hag.

“Obviously it’s not an ideal situation,” Southgate replied when asked about the 29-year-old’s lack of playing time for the Red Devils.

“You want your best players to play regularly so that they are in a good place physically and mentally in a good place.”

Southgate added: “But he is an important player for us. I think it’s important to support our best players.

“He understands he’s at a big club, high transfer fee and club captain, so I think that’s why the spotlight is on him more.”

England are bottom of their Nations League group after drawing two and losing two of their first four matches in League A Group C.

Both defeats came against Hungary; Losing 1-0 in Budapest to an embarrassing 4-0 mauling at Molineux.

The Three Lions are hoping for a better performance this time around and will try to turn their draws against Italy and Germany in June into victories.