England World Cup hopeful Ivan Toney has said he is helping the Football Association with an investigation after it was reported he was being questioned over allegations of historic match betting.
A report from The Sun says the 26-year-old Brentford striker is being investigated over historic allegations relating to a time before he joined his current club.
The FA declined to comment on the report, but Toney took to social media to say he was cooperating with an investigation, indicating he hoped it would not affect his chances of being named in the FIFA Cup squad. world of Gareth Southgate on Thursday.
“I am aware of an article about me in a national newspaper today,” Toney said on Twitter. “I have been assisting the Football Association with their investigations and I will not comment until that investigation is completed.
“I am a proud Englishman and it was always my childhood dream to play for my country in a World Cup final.”
Brentford released a brief statement via his official website acknowledging he was aware of the allegations.
It read: “We are noting the story regarding Ivan Toney and the FA investigation. The club will not comment.
Under FA rules, players operating in the Premier League, English Football League, National League and FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship levels are prohibited from betting on football.
The rules state: “Participants affected by the ban will be 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 matters.
“For example, the transfer of players, the hiring of managers or the selection of teams. 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 carried that form into the top flight with 12 goals last campaign and eight this time to propel himself into the England squad with his clinical form from the penalty spot a major asset as manager Southgate prepares for the World Cup in Qatar.
The leader missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Wolves last weekend.