England World Cup hopeful ‘investigated into football gambling allegations’

England World Cup hopeful Ivan Toney is reportedly being investigated over allegations he played football.

The Brentford striker is being investigated over match betting over historic claims which relate to a period before he joined the Premier League club, according to The Sun.

In a statement, Toney said he had “assisted the Football Association with its investigations” but would not comment further until the investigation had “come to a conclusion”.

“I am a proud Englishman and it was always my childhood dream to play for my country in a World Cup final,” he tweeted.

There is no suggestion that Toney ever played against his own team.

He has not been charged with any offense but the investigation is believed to have been going on for seven months, the Daily Mail reported.

The FA declined to comment, while Brentford issued a brief statement acknowledging they were aware of the allegations.

“We note the story regarding Ivan Toney and the FA investigation,” he said. “The club will not comment.

Under FA rules, players operating at Premier League, English Football League and National League levels are banned from betting on football.

The rules state that players are “prohibited from betting, directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition taking place anywhere in the world”.

“This also includes a worldwide ban on betting on any other football-related matter,” the rules add.

“For example, the transfer of players, the employment of managers or the selection of a team. The transmission of inside information to someone who uses this information to bet remains prohibited.”

Toney was in England’s squad for September’s Nations League clashes with Italy and Germany but has not featured in either game as he awaits his senior international debut.

He began his professional career with hometown club Northampton and during a three-year spell at Newcastle had spells on loan with Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan before moving permanently to Peterborough in August 2018.

Toney joined Brentford in a £5m switch two years later and scored 33 goals as he won promotion to the Premier League in his first season.

He has propelled himself into the England squad with his clinical form from the penalty spot a major asset, as manager Gareth Southgate prepares for the World Cup in Qatar.

Toney missed Brenford’s 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest on Saturday through suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Wolves last weekend.

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