Ex-Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas ‘surprised’ Andros Townsend is in England squad

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Former Arsenal and Celtic forward Charlie Nicholas suggests that Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend should not have been called up to the England squad.

Charlie Nicholas has said on the Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday show that he does not believe that Andros Townsend should have been called up to the England squad.

England coach Roy Hodgson has included the Tottenham Hotspur winger in his squad for upcoming matches against Lithuania and Italy.

Townsend has been part of the Three Lions’ set-up since 2013, but former Arsenal and Celtic forward Nicholas argues that he did not deserve to be part of the team for their next two games.

“I don’t think some of these players are playing well enough for the clubs, Townsend is an example for me,” the 53-year-old said on the Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday show at the weekend.

“I am still surprised that Townsend seems to get into the team… We don’t talk much about him. Like last season, it was ‘he is hot, he is absolutely red-hot’. Now, you are lucky if you see an assist from him.”

Townsend has not been in good form for Tottenham so far this season, and it appears that he has been found out.

The 23-year-old remains a player who is often used by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, but his impact on matches is hardly noteworthy.

In 14 Premier League appearances for the North London outfit so far this season, Townsend has scored just two goals and created only nine chances, although he has an impressive pass accuracy of 80% and a laudable shot accuracy of 64%.

Townsend played in seven Europa League games for Spurs this campaign, scoring one goal and creating eight chances in the process, while having a pass accuracy of 86% and a shot accuracy of 29%.

Although stats suggest that the Tottenham winger should not be in the England team, maybe Hodgson sees something in him that others do not.

Townsend has proven in the past that he can step up his game for England, and maybe Hodgson hopes that he will do the same this time around.

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