Brentford striker Ivan Toney expressed the emotional difficulty of watching the 2022 World Cup, acknowledging the painful experience of not being able to participate with the England squad.
Brentford’s Ivan Toney, who missed the 2022 World Cup due to betting allegations that surfaced just before the squad announcement, received an eight-month ban in May.
The former Peterborough United star described the timing of the news about his betting rule breaches as “spiteful” and conveyed the challenge of witnessing the competition while knowing he could have been part of it if selected.
He told Sky Sports: “I did watch a bit [of the World Cup] but that was even more painful watching knowing I could have been involved in that but listen, what’s done is done. I can’t change nothing, yes it was painful but life is painful sometimes. You have just got to fly by it and concentrate on what is in front rather than what is behind.”
Ivan Toney is expected to be a prominent figure in discussions during the January transfer window. Brentford has reportedly set a £100 million price tag on the striker to deter interest from clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea.
Despite this, Toney is poised to make his return to first-team action after an eight-month absence when Brentford hosts Nottingham Forest on January 20. The question of whether he will stay at the club or pursue a transfer remains uncertain.
Ivan Toney’s suspension is set to conclude on January 17, causing him to miss Brentford’s FA Cup third-round replay against Wolves on January 15. There is a possibility that he might feature for Thomas Frank’s side against Nottingham Forest. However, if a substantial offer is presented for Toney during this month, there is speculation that he could potentially join a new club in February.