Glenn Hoddle makes positive comments about Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend

Glenn Hoddle seems to rate Newcastle United and England international winger Andros Townsend highly.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has explained in The Daily Mail why Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend is an important player for England.

Townsend, who joined Newcastle from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, is part of the provisional England squad for the Euro 2016 finals in the summer.

The winger was struggling for playing time during the first half of the season at Spurs, but in the final weeks of the campaign he played well for the Magpies.

The 24-year-old is likely to be part of the 23-man England squad for the Euro 2016 finals, and former Tottenham star Hoddle has underlined his importance to Roy Hodgson’s side.

“This England team can easily switch to a 4-3-3, with Kane up front,” Hoddle wrote in The Daily Mail. “In that formation I would look to start with Andros Townsend.

“Many may feel he has only snuck into the squad because of Danny Welbeck's injury, but Roy will remember the important performances against Montenegro and Poland in World Cup qualifying.

“He has real pace and, despite Newcastle's relegation, finished the season well. I like to play a winger in front of Clyne.”

Townsend ended the past season on a positive note and in form, and it made sense for England head coach Hodgson to include him in his plans.

While the Newcastle winger is not exactly a world-beater, his pace down the wing and direct running could prove to be important for the Three Lions at the Euro 2016 finals.

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