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.
It is not guaranteed that the winger will be part of the final 23-man Three Lions’ squad, but he is likely to be so.
Former Arsenal attacker Merson has suggested that the 24-year-old winger should not have been part of the provisional Three Lions’ squad.
The former England international believes that Townsend played well in just three matches this past campaign.
Merson has also criticised the inclusion of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, Liverpool star Jordan Henderson and Arsenal man Jack Wilshere.
“What has Fabian Delph done to deserve a call-up?” the Englishman wrote in The Daily Star while discussing the provisional England squad for the Euro 2016 finals. “How many games has Jordan Henderson played?
“Andros Townsend has only turned up in about three games all season – and you can’t tell me Jack Wilshere is going to be 100 per cent fit.”
Townsend scored four goals and created 26 chances in 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies this past season.
The England international winger had a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 74%, and won 27 dribbles and 22 tackles.