Paul Merson responds to Tottenham's Andros Townsend

Paul Merson

Ex-Arsenal pundit admits he was proved wrong by Tottenham winger.

With one tweet, Andros Townsend will have ensured Paul Merson had a busier day than most.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger called out the former Arsenal midfielder after scoring a superb goal for England against Italy.

Merson had heavily criticised Townsend's inclusion in the England squad via SkySports, insisting that if Townsend got into Roy Hodgson's plans then it gave hope to anybody.

Townsend's response was perfect, not only on the pitch but off it as he made sure fans revisited Merson's old comments to show how wrong they were.

Merson has now responded, and admits Townsend has shown him up. He told SkySports: "Fair play to him, I only give my opinion, and sometimes I’m wrong, other times I’m right.

“When I’m wrong, I hold my hands up. I don’t have a problem with doing that - I’ll always be the first to admit when I’m wrong.

“It’s not as though I was watching hoping he wouldn’t score for England, I’m genuinely pleased for him and fair play to him – it was a great goal.

“But I don’t feel as though I need to defend myself – it’s my job to give my opinion – and I’m just glad people actually take notice of what I’m saying!"

The goal was Townsend's third for England, all of them from outside the box, and he is proving himself a real favourite of England boss Roy Hodgson.

This is in part a way the point Merson was making, that Hodgson clearly has his favourites, and Townsend's form for Spurs clearly didn't justify it.

Townsend had been substituted only half an hour into a match against Manchester United, and Merson had admitted this was how he formed his opinion. Now the winger has to kick on, and show that he can do it for club as well as country.

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