Spurs' Townsend slams Arsenal's Szczesny, talks about England hopes

The Tottenham winger has taken another slight at the Gunners’ stopper and talked about his World Cup hopes.

Andros Townsend started this season in excellent form but injuries and selection issues have blighted the second half of his campaign.

The winger still holds out hopes of making England’s World Cup squad, but has competition for a spot on the plane to Brazil.

Despite excellent showings in his first two games for his country last year, Townsend admits that he needs to be at his best for the rest of the season to make the cut.

“I don’t think that matters now. Whoever’s playing well at the right time will get in the squad. I need to get my form going from now until the end of the season to hopefully secure my place,” he told FourFourTwo.

“There are some top wingers playing well at the moment; Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Adam Johnson – the list goes on. There are loads of English players in those positions looking to get in the World Cup squad and I’m no different.”

Townsend stated that the Europa League was not a hindrance to Spurs’ season and also took aim at Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for his ‘selfie’ on the White Hart Lane pitch earlier this season.

“There’ll be no selfies from me on the pitch,” Townsend continued.

“You’re there to play football, you’re not there to take pictures of yourself on the pitch and gloat. That kind of thing can come back to bite you on the bum.

“You can take a picture of yourself smiling one week and then the next week you get turned over.”

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