Leonardo Bonucci: Footballer Leonardo Bonucci calls Ivan Toney ‘new one’ ahead of Italy’s clash against England

Italy’s veteran centre-back and skipper Leonardo Bonucci called England’s new player Ivan Toney “the new one” ahead of their encounter in Milan. England and Italy will face each other in Nations League Group A on September 23. It will be England’s penultimate match before the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. English football manager Gareth Southgate has called Ivan Toney to join the national team following the Brentford striker’s five goals this season.

However, Leonardo Bonucci seems to be unfamiliar with Ivan Toney. During a recent press interaction, Bonucci was quizzed on England’s attacking options. While answering the questions, Bonucci referred to Toney as “the new one.” Italy’s national team captain said that they have played several matches against Harry Kane and believe that he was one of the best strikers in the world, but they would see about “the new one.”

The “new one” that Bonucci mentioned was about Toney. However, Bonucci acknowledged that the 26-year-old Brentford striker was “very talented.” The Italy skipper stated that he had watched some videos about Toney. He added that England has an advantage as they get real talents due to the premier league clubs that let new players enter the arena.

Bonucci believes that the Italian side can use their upcoming match against England as an instrument to test themselves after they fail to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He stated that the match would let them gauge where they were “in this rebirth.” He added that after their failure to qualify for Qatar, the coach had made many changes in the team, and their match against England would tell them where they needed to improve.

The veteran said that it could be the best possible match for Italy to build “something new” and start again. England is a strong team so they must pay attention to all English players individually, he stated further.


  1. Who is Leonardo Bonucci?
    Leonardo Bonucci is the skipper of Italy’s football team.
  2. Where will be 2022 FIFA World Cup held?
    The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar.

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