Thomas Frank believes Ivan Toney has accomplished sufficient to offer England supervisor Gareth Southgate a variety “headache” after he scored the opener in Brentford’s 2-0 Premier League win at Southampton.
Toney was in the precise place on the far publish to faucet the ball dwelling after a flick-on from Christian Norgaard within the first half and turned supplier from Yoane Wissa, who scored the second in stoppage time.
It was the ahead’s sixteenth aim of the season, however Toney continues to be ready for a Football Association verdict after being charged with 262 breaches of FA playing guidelines, with a prolonged suspension attainable.
However, Frank believes his participant has accomplished sufficient to be thought-about for England choice, with Southgate as a consequence of identify his squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers on Thursday.
“I don’t expect anything from football,” the Bees supervisor mentioned.
“It’s up to Gareth to pick the right squad. Ivan has done more than enough to be giving Gareth a headache in a positive way.
“If you look at pure goal scorers for England, he is the second-highest goal scorer behind (Harry) Kane. If you look at clear number nines, he should be thinking very much about calling him up.”
Frank added: “I don’t think I have any more words to say, I just repeat myself. Big player, character for us, great goal. He could have got more out of the set-piece chance from earlier.
“And setting Wissa up for the goal, very good, important for us.”
The recreation itself was a cagey affair, with few clear-cut probabilities for each side and tempers grew to become fraught within the second half, with 33 fouls occurring in the course of the recreation.
The Bees had a 12-match unbeaten run that bolstered their European aspirations damaged by a 1-0 defeat at Everton, however Frank praised their potential to place the defeat behind them.
“I love the bounce-back mentality from the players, the difference between good and great players and teams is the ability to get through setbacks and bounce back,” he mentioned.
“I think these players and this team are great in many, many ways and I love the way they bounce back.”
Ruben Selles was left to rue missed alternatives after his aspect have been unable to take one thing from the match.
“I think we came here today with the belief that we could have a good performance and get the three points,” the Saints boss mentioned.
“We didn’t manage the key moments of the game and unfortunately, we didn’t get what we wanted.”
He added: “I think we had a clear plan how to do it (win the game). I think in the second half we showed how to do things and slowly we lost those principles.
“We had the crosses, but we didn’t have the situations in the box to make the most of it.”