Former England defender David Bardsley explained to talkSPORT why he feels the inclusion of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Andros Townsend by England boss Roy Hodgson is a clever move.
Townsend’s selection has been heavily criticised since the squad announcement last week, but Townsend is now set to feature in games against Lithuania and Italy before the domestic action returns.
“I think he’s a really exciting player. I think he’s somebody that can do good,” said Bardsley.
“I think playing on the right side and coming on to the left foot is something we’ve not really had in the England team for a long time - Chris Waddle was probably the last one (who played for England between 1985-1991) – Andros is a really great young player.”
Townsend just has to keep his head down, work hard and try to prove his critics wrong.
There is a real void in wide areas for Tottenham at the moment and he’s got a great opportunity to show that he should be the main man out wide for his club side and for his country.
He’s got pace and he’s got the ability to put opponents onto the back foot, but he’s struggled for consistency this season and has been closed out in big games.
Chelsea dealt with him well during the League Cup final, while Manchester United had no problem dealing with Tottenham’s defeat the weekend before last.
If he can play well for the three lions, he can get some confidence and belief, which will bode well for the rest of the season, as Tottenham chase a Champions League place.