Four dribbles, 49 touches: Andros Townsend's performance for England vs Slovenia in stats

Andros Townsend

The Tottenham winger has been linked to Aston Villa in recent days, so how did he get on in his country's win?

Spurs winger Andros Townsend surprisingly started for England in their 3-2 win over Slovenia in Ljubljana, and had a mixed match for his country, failing to reach the highs of recent goalscoring performances for the Three Lions.

Aston Villa have been linked with the player recently, as part of a mooted bid by Spurs to sign Christian Benteke, according to the Mirror.

Before the game, the Tottenham star was England's joint second highest goalscorer on the pitch, behind Wayne Rooney, and it is this goal threat that has ensured he retains his spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad, despite finding himself out of his club side towards the end of the season.

Townsend's performance for England against Slovenia was much more similar to what Spurs fans have seen for much of this season, plenty of ambition and desire to impact the game but precious few instances when the 23-year-old was successful in his attempts to be productive.

But there were still flashes of impressive play by the White Hart Lane academy graduate. Townsend did well when he went to the left side of midfield, beating his man and cutting back for England captain Wayne Rooney at one point, who should have done much better than the left foot shot that he put over.

 Vs Slovenia Total Shots/On Target ShotsKey PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesAccurate CrossesTotal DribblesTacklesInterceptionsTouchesMins Played
Andros Townsend 3/1 1 30 80 3 1 4 1 2 49 74

Townsend had the second most shots of any player after Rooney, though hit the target just once. He was fairly low down the list in the side in terms of passing accuracy and touches, but did well with his dribbling, and somewhat surprisingly, the number of interceptions he made. Surprisngly, he was the only players to complete a cross in the match, despite 16 being attempted by the entire side. 

The midfielder was also involved in the build up to England's excellent second goal, playing a superb one-two with Jordan Henderson on the right to start the move, with his superb pass releasing the Liverpool star into space.

That was to be his last action, as Theo Walcott then replaced the Tottenham winger, and in all honesty, despite the frustrations about some of his choices, it would be difficult to label Townsend a disappointment when he is someone that can, and has proven that he can, make the difference from the very kind of area Jack Wilshere scored against Slovenia.

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