Does Spurs' Andros Townsend deserve a place at the World Cup?

Andros Townsend

The flying winger’s remarkable start to the season for club and country has dissipated of late due to injuries and selection issues.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has had a season of two contrasting halves.

Initially a revelation under Andre Villas-Boas, the flying wideman lit up White Hart Lane with his ambitious attacking performances, which saw him force his way into the England reckoning.

Townsend’s performances for Roy Hodgson’s men in the two World Cup qualifying fixtures he featured in were better again, with the Spurs man terrorising opponents with his pace and direct style of play.

At that time, the youthful attacker looks like he would be a shoe-in for a spot in Brazil with the Three Lions, but fast forward a couple of months and his place on the plane is far from guaranteed.

Townsend faced time on the sidelines with debilitating injuries, while he has not looked as dangerous or effective a player since his return.

With Villas-Boas having been replaced by Tim Sherwood, the winger has found a place in the Spurs team hard to come by, with limited opportunities to play in the second half of the season.

With the likes of Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in good form, if the team and squad were picked on current form then surely Townsend would not make the cut.

If he does make it into the contingent, Townsend has the ability to be something of a wildcard for England this summer.

However, given his lack of recent showings for Spurs and diminished showings since the turn of the year, it may well be that others deserve their place more than the Tottenham man.

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