Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been charged by the Football Association for 232 betting breaches between February 2017 and January 2021.
The 26-year-old could be banned from playing football for months if found guilty of misconduct by the FA.
Toney, who has been in fine scoring form for his club this term, missed out on England’s 26-man World Cup squad last Thursday.
He has been given until next Thursday to respond to the charge.
The FA statement said: “Ivan Toney has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the FA’s betting rules.
“It is alleged that the Brentford FC forward breached FA rule E8 232 times between February 25, 2017 and January 23, 2021.
“Ivan Toney has until Thursday, November 24 to provide a response.”
In reacting to the charge, Brentford said in a statement: “Brentford FC has been informed that Ivan Toney has been charged with breaches of FA Rule E8.
“The club has been in discussion with Ivan and his legal representatives about this matter and those conversations will continue privately.
“We will make no further comment until the matter has been completed.”
Ivan Toney began his career at Northampton in 2012 and scored 13 goals in 60 matches before joining Newcastle United in 2015.
Between 2015 and 2018, he was sent on loan to Barnsley, Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe and Wigan, before signing permanently for Peterborough, where he was named both league one top scorer and player of the season in 2019/2020 season.
He left Peterborough in 2020 and joined Brentford in the championship, guiding the club to Premier League promotion and scoring 58 goals in 105 matches.
What does the FA rule E8 say about footballers playing in England?
Footballers playing in England are prohibited from betting on any football match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world. They are also banned from instructing others to do so on their behalf. The ban extends to the sharing of privileged information for betting-related activities.