Merson savages Tottenham star Andros Townsend: If he can get in the England squad, anybody can

Andros Townsend

Pundit is incredulous two Tottenham players made it into the England squad, especially Andros Townsend.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has ripped into Roy Hodgson's decision to pick Tottenham's Andros Townsend for England.

Merson also had a pop at Kyle Walker too, citing both of their recent poor displays against Manchester United at Old Trafford, believing neither player's current form merits an inclusion.

He told SkySports: “If Townsend can get in then it opens it up for anybody. We are not picking players who are playing well for their clubs — he got taken off after 30 minutes the other week against United.

“The England manager is there watching the game and he still gets picked. Townsend and Walker were the worst two players on the pitch.

“How can you tell me that a manager goes and watches Man United against Tottenham, the winger gets taken off after 30 minutes, the winger from the other team absolutely rinses the full-back for England and Young doesn’t get in the squad?”

  TeamGoalsAssistsKey PassesOn Target Shooting AccuracyAppearances
Andros Townsend Tottenham 2 2 9 47% 14

Townsend has only even been picked 14 times in the Premier League this season by Mauricio Pochettino, and has created only nine chances, an average of less than one a game.

He has managed to score twice, but his poor shooting accuracy remains an issue for him, landing less than half of his shots on target.

The winger has six previous England caps, and two goals to his name, one of which came on his debut against Montenegro.

Townsend's call-up was criticised by fans too, his name trending on Twitter after the squad was announced a week ago, but the Spurs star used his own page to defend himself, saying he has never played poorly for the Three Lions.

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