As Townsend stars £30m Tottenham signing gets just ten minutes of action

Erik Lamela

Andros Townsend was on fire for England last night, while Erik Lamela spent most of his time in Buenos Aires twiddling his thumbs.

Last night saw Andros Townsend vindicate the decision of England boss Roy Hodgson to go with a more attacking line-up against Montenegro - as he earned the man of the match reward for his excellent performance at Wembley.

Add to that his excellent strike to put the game beyond doubt, and we have a cemented England international in the making.

It is a far cry from where Andros Townsend was out on loan at Ipswich Town and was recalled because of a lack of playing time. Or when his deal at Watford was cut short just one month in, or when he left Leeds United, unhappy in Yorkshire.

His career looked to be going in the way of a talented journeyman - good, but not quite good enough.

Until he went on loan to QPR, another deal that very nearly didn’t happen.

The 23-year-old was outstanding for the club, despite their relegation to the Championship and came back to Tottenham this summer an entirely different beast.

And he has continued to impress, enough for Hogdson to call him up to the squad last month - and to start him yesterday.

While Townsend was starring for England yesterday - the same cannot be said about another left-footed winger who arrived at Tottenham this summer.

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Erik Lamela, the £30 million man signed from AS Roma this summer.

The 21-year-old linked up with his Argentine national side yesterday - as the Albiceleste took on Peru at the Estadio Antonio Liberti in Buenos Aires - without star player, the injured, Lionel Messi.

With Messi’s absence the Spurs man may have considered himself in pole position to start the game - but that was not the case.

Instead they went with a front-three of Ezequiel Lavezzi of Paris Saint-Germain, Rodrigo Palacio of Inter Milan and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero - Lamela appeared for his third cap, with just ten minutes remaining.

Whether it says more about English football than it does Lamela’s talent that Argentina can afford to leave a £30 million man on the bench until the 80th minute, is another question.

But we have no doubt which player has enjoyed the international break more between the two.

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