Paul Merson snubs Newcastle player for Arsenal man

Paul Merson picks Arsenal forward Theo Walcott ahead of Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend in his England squad for the Euro 2016 finals.

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that he has been impressed with Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend.

Townsend, who joined Newcastle from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, has been playing well in recent weeks.

The 24-year-old winger has scored four goals and created 22 chances in 12 Premier League matches for the Magpies.

Merson has been impressed with Townsend’s performances for Newcastle, but he has not included him in his England squad for the Euro 2016 finals.

The former England international has picked Arsenal attacker Theo Walcott instead.

“I like what Townsend's done of late at Newcastle,” Merson told Sky Sports. “His form has been very impressive and it's taken him above Raheem Sterling in the pecking order. I'm just siding with Walcott though.

"He's another whose form has been a bit patchy and he's not been a regular starter for Arsenal, but he does give you options. Walcott's pace from the bench can be a good weapon for England and he can also play as a striker if needed.”

Walcott has not been in great form this season and is not even guaranteed a place in the Arsenal starting lineup at the moment.

The 27-year-old, who can play as a forward or as a winger, has scored five goals and created 17 chances in 28 Premier League matches for the Gunners this campaign.

England head coach Roy Hodgson will name his 23-man Euro 2016 squad on Monday, according to BBC Sport.

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