Stuart Pearce backs this Newcastle man as an outside bet for Euro 2016

Stuart Pearce

The former Magpies and England defender believes Andros Townsend should be seriously considered for a spot in Roy Hodgson's squad.

Former Newcastle United and England defender Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports that Andros Townsend could have put himself in contention for a spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016 thanks to his impressive form for the Magpies.

Townsend last featured for the Three Lions as a late second-half substitute in the 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Lithuania in October, but was not selected for any of the November friendlies with Spain and France or the March meetings with Germany and the Netherlands.

However, the 24-year-old has been one of the ailing Magpies' better performers since his £12 million January move from Spurs, scoring four goals and adding two assists in his 11 matches for the club.

He scored a stunning free-kick winner for Newcastle in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on 30 April, and Pearce believes that his form, coupled with the injury or selection problems of other English wide players, has seen him become a strong outside bet to be on the plane in June.

Pearce told Sky Sports: "Where we had a lot of good wide players over the last year, all of a sudden Sterling can't get in the team and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is injured.

"Andros Townsend may be an outside bet because he's come back in and has been playing football recently."

Townsend has won 10 caps for his country in total despite never really being a consistent regular starter for Spurs, scoring three times across those appearances, but has only completed the full 90 minutes of a senior international match on one occasion.

He will have one more chance to force his way into Hodgson's thinking ahead of next week's squad announcement when Newcastle host his former club Spurs in Sunday's final fixture.

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