Ivan Toney gave one-word verdict on Euro 2024 hopes and Jude Bellingham helped make it happen

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Ivan Toney is achieving his objective by scoring to boost his hopes of making England’s Euro 2024 squad.

The Brentford striker was named in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the clash with Belgium in the hope of earning a spot in the 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament, and has done his chances of going to Germany no harm.

Toney certainly made an impression against Brentford

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Toney certainly made an impression against BrentfordCredit: Getty

Speaking to Channel 4 ahead of the game and was asked what he’d need to do against Belgium to boost his hopes of making the squad, to which Toney simply replied: “Score”.

Making just his second appearance for England, Toney managed to do exactly that after being played through by Jude Bellingham before being brought down in the penalty area.

The Real Madrid star then picked up the ball and handed it to Toney in a true show of faith, with the Brentford star doing what he does best by slotting it beyond the goalkeeper for his first ever England goal.

That was Toney’s 29th penalty from 31 attempts, a record that could suit England very well as they prepare for the prospect of another major tournament.

With four goals in ten Premier League games this term, Toney will be backing himself to make Southgate’s Euro 2024 squad and his goalscoring display certainly won’t do his hopes any harm whatsoever.

Harry Kane is expected to captain England this summer, meaning that Toney and Ollie Watkins are likely to be vying for the position as Kane’s understudy.

With the Aston Villa man struggling against Brazil, Toney will be hoping to have showed enough against Belgium to nail down that spot in the squad for himself.

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