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Townsend makes diving vow

Andros Townsend has pledged to eradicate diving from his game after being booked for simulation in Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

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Andros Townsend: Booked for diving against Chelsea

Andros Townsend: Booked for diving against Chelsea

The midfielder revealed that he apologised to referee Mike Dean after he feigned being tripped by Frank Lampard in a heated derby at White Hart Lane.

Townsend admitted he deserved a yellow card for the offence, and he has vowed to clean up his act.

"It was definitely a yellow card. I deserved it," the Spurs winger said.

"You make mistakes and that dive was a mistake. I apologised to the ref. I said to him at half-time that I thoroughly deserved it and hopefully I won't do that again.

"I have got to kick it out of my game."

Townsend was also accused of simulation when he won a penalty against Swansea earlier this season, but the 22-year-old insists he is not a prolific diver.

Explaining the incident with Lampard, he said: "It goes so fast, I came inside and I saw (Lampard's) leg and I went over and he pulled (his leg) out at the last minute.

"I didn't have time to react to that. It's sort of instinct. People said I dived against Swansea, but if you are running that fast, with any little touch you are going to go over."

With Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both injured, Townsend has a chance of making his England debut in one of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

Mindful of Townsend's probable selection, and his young age, Lampard tried to play down the incident after Saturday's game.

"I don't want to criticise too much," the Chelsea midfielder said. "He's so quick that I was just pleased he fell over rather than carry on running.

"Maybe he was waiting for contact and it didn't come and he fell over...but you get a yellow card and carry on. We don't need to turn it into a diving campaign because that would get legs very quickly.

"He's a great talent and he's going to be a big player for Tottenham and for England."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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