'He looks too nice': Ivan Toney picks one Liverpool player alongside three City stars in his Ultimate 5-a-side
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'He looks too nice': Ivan Toney picks one Liverpool player alongside three City stars in his Ultimate 5-a-side

England’s Ivan Toney picked one Liverpool player in his Ultimate 5-a-side team. There was room for three Manchester City players.

Ivan Toney had reason to celebrate Thursday as he received his first callup to the England squad. His fantastic form to start the season earned him a spot – and he may well go to the World Cup.

Toney has five goals and two assists for Brentford across the opening six Premier League games. That included a magnificent hattrick against Leeds United, too, that helped his team to a 5-2 win.

The 26-year-old is well and truly up to speed at the top level, then, after a 12-goal campaign last time out. And having come up against the best in the Premier League, Toney was able to pick an inspiring Ultimate 5-a-side team.

He sat down with Inch by Inch to pick his best five. First up was teammate Frank Onyeka, who came just before Kevin De Bruyne – an obvious choice for everyone.

Sergio Aguero, a player Toney hasn’t actually played with or against, was the second Manchester City player to make it. Ederson then made it three – quite the compliment for Pep Guardiola’s side.

And in an effort to ‘balance it out’, Toney picked a Liverpool player for his defender – Virgil van Dijk.

“Get Van Dijk in there,” he said. “He’s too nice, there are scarier defenders out there, who look scarier as well. He doesn’t look scary. He’s too nice.”

England’s Ivan Toney picks Virgil van Dijk

It’s nice to see Van Dijk getting recognition from opponents, especially as he’s come into some stick this season. It’s the first time we’ve really been able to say that – but his opponents clearly still see him as the best.

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But Toney joins Neymar and Erling Haaland in singling out Van Dijk as a star defender. Not exactly low-key praise, then.

Liverpool certainly have a world-class player and, in our minds, the best defender on the planet still. A period of poor form from the entire team doesn’t come close to changing that.

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