Merson slates Townsend's England record, says he has proved nothing

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Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has hit back at Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has told The Daily Star that Andros Townsend should not get carried away.

The Tottenham winger scored for England in midweek, which led to the 23-year-old calling out the pundit for his recent critical comments.

Merson had told SkySports that manager Roy Hodgson had got it wrong and Townsend's form for his club meant he should not have been anywhere near the England squad.

After the Spurs ace hit out at Merson after scoring, via his Twitter page, the pundit told SkySports he admitted he got it wrong, but has subsequently told The Daily Star that the winger has not proved anything yet.

He said: "I have no problems with him coming back, although I’d also say win some medals first before you call it on.

“It was a friendly against Italy and he came on in the second half.

“Let’s not beat about the bush, who have his other two goals been against - Montengro and San Marino?"

He added: "I think he should concentrate on playing football, to be honest, and don’t worry about me."

Townsend has three international goals, with his form for his country a rare case of being an improvement over that of his club.

The winger has been inconsistent for Spurs over the last two seasons, and a disappointing display against Burnley at the weekend would undo all his good work.

Merson's comments echo those made by Jamie Carragher a day ago via Twitter, who insisted the Spurs ace needed to prove himself more regularly for his club before he started calling pundits out.

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