Former Crystal Palace and Leeds United boss Neil Warnock told talkSPORT that he feels Tottenham’s Andros Townsend has helped to keep Roy Hodgson in his position as England manager.
Townsend came off the bench to have a brilliant impact in the game against Italy, scoring a superb equaliser to help his side grab a draw in the friendly in Turin.
Warnock has defended Townsend’s England call-up and has suggested the Tottenham man has the qualities needed to influence games at the very top level.
“When Roy first got the job, I thought he kept him in the job. He changed games, he got results,” said Warnock.
“He's got that something to change games at international level.”
Hodgson was initially criticised for selecting Townsend, with a number of other players supposedly in better form.
However, the manager justified his decision and has arguably had a positive international break as the domestic action returns over Easter weekend.
He should now be looking to carry forward the momentum he has created in an England shirt and use it to his advantage heading into Tottenham’s game against Burnley.
Spurs are under pressure in the race for the top four and Townsend is someone who can provide pace and an attacking threat going forward against a team which could sit back, defend and make life difficult for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
If he can add to his goal tally and make the difference, Spurs should enjoy a great end to the season.