Leaked information of an FA betting probe into England World Cup prospect Ivan Toney has come simply days earlier than supervisor Gareth Southgate is anticipated to select his ultimate 26 squad. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Betting probe revelations
With little over a month earlier than the FIFA World Cup 2022 kicks off in Qatar, revelations within the UK press that the FA is conducting a betting investigation into England squad hopeful Ivan Toney has reportedly “devastated” the Brentford FC striker.
probe has been occurring for seven months
A Day by day Mail unique on Saturday revealed the probe has been occurring for seven months. On Sunday, Toney’s English Premier League membership Brentford took to Twitter to problem an announcement:
The London crew mentioned it had famous the “story regarding Ivan Toney and the FA investigation” however wouldn’t be commenting. Equally, the FA can be staying tight-lipped on the difficulty, however in response to the Day by day Mirror, Toney will “nonetheless be obtainable for choice for membership and nation” whereas the investigation continues.
As reported by the Mail, the 26-year-old is supposedly “devastated” by information of the investigation leaking out. The alleged playing exercise occurred whereas Toney performed within the decrease leagues of English soccer. Previously, confirmed betting offenses have resulted in monetary penalties, suspensions, and even lifetime bans.
Media swarm over Bees participant
Based on the Mail, reviews counsel there’s no suggestion that Toney ever wager on his personal crew to lose within the supposed playing exercise.
he’s conscious of the newspaper tales
The UK media is, nonetheless, arguably the world’s most relentless in its exposé of England gamers, managers, and even their wives earlier than and through main world tournaments. Toney was fast to launch an announcement on Sunday by way of Twitter confirming that he’s conscious of the newspaper tales:
Southgate hasn’t ignored Toney’s scintillating type for Brentford — eight targets in 13 video games — with the England supervisor rumored to have included him in his preliminary 55-man squad late final month. He’ll announce the official 26-man squad on Thursday, in response to media reviews. Apart from England squad particular Harry Kane (11 targets this season), Toney is probably the most in-form English striker this season.
Additionally within the striker image for Qatar are Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson (six league targets), Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (4), Roma’s Tammy Abraham (two), and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin (one).
Shades of Paulo Rossi?
If Toney makes Southgate’s ultimate squad of 26, might the betting scandal encourage him to assist England elevate the Jules Rimet trophy like Paulo Rossi did for Italy in 1982?
Rossi got here into the 1982 World Cup on the again of a match-fixing scandal and ended up the Golden Boot winner with six targets.