Toney laughs off ‘cringey’ tweets from Arsenal
The 26-year-old described Brentford’s 2-0 win over Arsenal on the opening day of final season as a “good kickabout with the boys” on Twitter.
The latest Amazon All or Nothing documentary on Arsenal revealed that boss Mikel Arteta confirmed that tweet to his gamers to encourage them earlier than the reverse fixture in February, a sport they gained 2-1.
And following Arsenal’s 3-0 win on the Gtech Neighborhood Stadium on Sunday — a match which ended with the away supporters chanting “Ivan Toney, a stroll within the park” — defender Gabriel mimicked Toney with the identical tweet as his authentic.
Requested what he product of the state of affairs when talking at St George’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, Toney mentioned: “I believe as soon as was humorous, the second time was a bit cringey!
“Nah, hear, I bit my tongue. I needed to answer, I needed to nibble, however truthful play they performed very effectively. They’re a unique Arsenal aspect from what we performed earlier than. They’re going very effectively so truthful play to them. They’re going effectively.”
Toney was final week referred to as as much as the England senior squad for the primary time after scoring 5 objectives to date this season together with a hat trick in Brentford’s 5-2 win over Leeds United earlier this month.
The 26-year-old had struggled to make an affect on the highest degree as his profession at Newcastle United, who he joined in 2015, stalled by way of mortgage spells at Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan earlier than becoming a member of Peterborough in 2018.
Nevertheless, the striker signed for Brentford in a deal price £5 million in September 2020 and he has not regarded again, scoring 48 league objectives in 85 appearances up to now.
“I by no means doubted [I’d get an England call-up],” he mentioned. “I really feel like I had full confidence in myself. You’ve simply bought to maintain working exhausting and it simply makes it that a lot sweeter while you do get the prospect. I by no means performed for any of the opposite age teams so going straight to the senior squad is a giant achievement.
“I used to be truly driving to coaching [when I found out]. The Brentford gaffer [Thomas Frank] referred to as me and I used to be working a bit late so I used to be pondering he was calling me about my timekeeping.
“He simply mentioned ‘I’ve the privileged to let you know you have been referred to as up for the England senior squad.’
“For as soon as in my life, I had nothing to say. I used to be driving and, not zoned out as that would not have been the perfect factor to do, [but] I used to be simply driving to coaching pondering ‘wow, I am truly going to play with the England senior squad.’
“It did not actually register. I used to be answering the gaffer’s questions, he mentioned ‘how do you’re feeling.’ And I used to be like ‘good.’ It nonetheless hasn’t sunk in. however after I got here off the telephone, I rang my dad and mom immediately. Now we have a household group chat. I video referred to as all people, broke the information and there was screaming for about 20 minutes.”