Gareth Southgate has moved to include Ivan Toney – who has scored 13 Premier League goals since January – with Marcus Rashford injured; Eric Dier back in the squad, but Jadon Sancho misses out.
Brentford’s Ivan Toney has been handed his first England call-up by Gareth Southgate for the Nations League games against Italy and Germany later this month.
Toney, who has scored 13 Premier League goals since January, has been called up following doubts over Marcus Rashford’s fitness.
The 24-year-old Manchester United forward is still feeling the effects of an injury picked up in the 3-1 Premier League victory over Arsenal on September 4, when he scored twice to take his season’s tally to three.
Having sat out United’s opening Europa League game, a 1-0 home defeat to Real Sociedad, Rashford will again be missing for their second group game away to Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.
Toney, 26, has scored 17 top-flight goals and registered six assists in 39 appearances for the Bees since the start of last season, and scored a 28-minute hat-trick in the thrilling 5-2 win at home to Leeds on September 3.
He has not been capped by England at any youth age group and was reportedly courted by the Jamaican Football Federation last year in an attempt to persuade him to declare his allegiance to them.
There is no place in the squad for Rashford’s Manchester United team-mate Jadon Sancho either, despite his impressive start to the season under Erik ten Hag.