England striker Ivan Toney is hoping his World Cup dream will not be shattered after it was revealed he is under investigation for betting on football matches.
The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers reported Brentford star Toney faces allegations of placing bets in the early stages of his career, before shooting to stardom.
The newspaper said there was no suggestion of any criminal activity or match-fixing; however, the Football Association strictly forbids all gambling on football by professional players.
The 26-year-old Toney reacted to the story by confirming he is "assisting the Football Association with their enquiries", while stressing he wants to go to Qatar 2022 with Gareth Southgate's national team.
Toney posted on Twitter: "I'm aware of a story about me in a national newspaper today.
"I have been assisting the Football Association with their enquiries and will not be making any comment until such investigation has reached its inclusion.
"I am a proud Englishman and it has always been my childhood dream to play for my country at a World Cup finals."
Brentford said in a statement: "We note the story concerning Ivan Toney and the FA investigation. The club will not be commenting."
Toney, who joined Brentford from Peterborough in 2020, was called up by Southgate for the first time in September but did not play in the Nations League games against Italy and Germany.