Brentford striker Ivan Toney challenged to prove Gareth Southgate wrong after England snub

Toney was called up by Gareth Southgate for the first time for the Nations League games against Italy and Germany but after being left out of the squad to face the former he was just a substitute unused at Wembley against the second.

Southgate himself has insisted Toney still has every chance of making his way into England’s World Cup squad for Qatar and Frank believes the striker, who has scored five goals in seven Premier League games this season, will respond in the right way.

“It doesn’t matter if he didn’t come on the pitch, it was still a great moment in his life and a great thing,” said Frank, whose team travel to Bournemouth tomorrow.

“Of course he wanted to play, of course I wanted him to play. Brentford fans, we all hoped he would come onto the pitch, but that’s Gareth’s decision.

“The way to succeed is to show resilience and come back after small setbacks. Ivan hoped to get on the pitch; we need to move forward and prove people wrong by performing. Ivan has a strong mentality.

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