PHOTO: Wilshere receiving MOTM award from Spurs' Townsend

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The Arsenal star was given his England award from an unlikely source following the 5-0 win over San Marino.

In what was somewhat of an awkward moment following England's 5-0 defeat of San Marino, Tottenham's Andros Townsend was urged to congratulate rival midfielder Jack Wilshere of Arsenal and present him with his man-of-the-match champagne.

Though choosing one outstanding individual from the performance, where the substitutes that came on for England in the second half had as great an impact as anyone, would have been difficult enough for ITV commentator Andy Townsend, his decision ended up putting his namesake Andros in the difficult position of handing the man-of-the-match award to an Arsenal midfielder.

Spurs winger Townsend himself scored a superb goal after taking to the field with 30 minutes left, and shone alongside fellow subs Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Adam Lallana, but it is the fact that a Tottenham player was asked to congratulate an Arsenal man publicly that was somewhat ironic if nothing else.

Undoubtedly, the two are friendly enough and purely concerned with what is best for England while on international duty, but both Wilshere and Townsend have been known for taking digs at their club's rival teams on more than once occasion in the past, something that would come particularly naturally considering each are reported supporters of the club they would go on to turn out for when they were younger.

There won't be many more times you'll catch an Arsenal and Tottenham player getting on so amicably, and there was something a little sheepish in the giving of the award, but then again, maybe Wilshere was just embarrassed to be getting a man-of-the-match award for a game against San Marino. 

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