Does Townsend deserve England return before Walcott and Chamberlain?

The Arsenal duo, and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, are his rivals for an England role at Euro 2016.

If Newcastle United are to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, there is one man who has saved them: Andros Townsend.

The winger initially struggled following his January move from Tottenham Hotspur but he has begun to shine under maager Rafa Benitez in recent weeks.

Last weekend saw Townsend do just that, as a super free-kick sealed a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace to move his side out of the bottom three.

That has already prompted talk of a potential England return, with Danny Murphy telling BBC Sport that he should be in contention if the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling are being considered.

But how does Townsend compare to those three players so far this season? Well Oulala looked at the stats and made a surprising discovery.

As the stats show, the Magpies star has been in much better form than the aforementioned trio in several areas.

 Infographic Andros Townsend

He has four goals to his name, which is the same amount that the other three have all managed combined.

He also has two assists, this time more than his rivals, who so far have not managed one between them.

In terms of passing he is again on top, registering more key passes per game and more successful passes than Walcott and Sterling. Oxlade Chamberlain is level on 1.9 per game.

The Newcastle winger is also on top in the defensive stats, coming out on top in regards to both tackles and interceptions.

The only area he fails to come out on top is in successful take-ons per game, with Oxlade-Chamberlain managing to top his tally of 1.9 with a score of two.

A comprehensive victory for Townsend however, who on this evidence should be considered by England manager Roy Hodgson for Euro 2016.

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