Spurs wingers tipped to battle for Arsenal man's England spot

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Townsend and Lennon tipped to fight it out for Walcott's World Cup place.

Glenn Hoddle believes Aaron Lennon could be in the running for Theo Walcott’s World Cup spot – if he can out perform Andros Townsend this season.

Spurs wide man Lennon has won just one England cap since the 2010 World Cup, and has struggled to perform consistently for Tottenham Hotspur in recent seasons.

Walcott appeared to have the right-wing spot sewn up, until his season-ending knee injury suffered against Spurs, which ended his dreams of going to Brazil.

That has thrown open the position for the likes of Townsend and Lennon to battle it out for a place in Hodgson’s squad, while there are others – the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who are also in line for a place. But former Spurs man Hoddle believes it will come down to a straight fight between the two White Hart Lane wingers.

Blogging for The Bleacher Report, Hoddle said: “It won't be long before Townsend is over his injury worries and is back for his club in plenty of time for the run-up to the World Cup with the first build-up game in March.

“But Lennon is also coming back into form with Spurs, so it's going to be quite an interesting scenario developing at White Hart Lane between the two of them.

“But if they are both fit and back to form, I would go with Townsend, as he gives you another option to Lennon in his ability to finish, although I must say there isn’t a lot between them.”

The fact that Hoddle believes Lennon to be almost on an equal standing to Townsend is indicative of a difficult few months for the latter player.

Since he began the season in such explosive style, and got his first England goal, Townsend has been a little subdued for Spurs.

But most England fans would surely rather see him on the plane than Lennon, whose lack of end-product has always been a source of frustration.

Both players face a big few months if they are to establish themselves as a replacement for Walcott.

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