Following the injuries to Arsenal duo Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck, there are now several spots in the squad for Euro 2016 left to fill.
Their injuries have led to fierce debate over who England manager Roy Hodgson should take to France, as he gears up to announce his squad for the tournament.
Walcott has been a regular in international squads in the past, despite not enjoying the best of form for the Gunners for some time.
In contrast, Townsend has shone in the latter part of this season, proving the catalyst for Newcastle United’s late and ultimately futile bid to stay in the Premier League.
It is arguably a shootout between himself and Walcott for a place, and it appears that he has won it, with the Daily Mail reporting Hodgson will choose the Newcastle ace.
According to the report, Hodgson is extremely loyal to players and will remember how well Townsend played for him during qualification for the World Cup in 2014.