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Spurs form is key for Townsend

Andros Townsend knows he has to perform at a high level for Tottenham if he is to book his place at next summer's World Cup.

Last Updated: 22/11/13 at 12:10 Post Comment

Andros Townsend: Knows club form is the key to World Cup selection

Andros Townsend: Knows club form is the key to World Cup selection

The 22-year-old winger was one of the few players to have impressed during Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat by Germany at Wembley and has emerged as a first-choice selection for the national side.

Townsend was influential in helping secure victories over Montenegro and Poland in England's final two World Cup qualifiers, and hopes to have played his way into Roy Hodgson's provisional 30-man squad for Brazil when the next friendly - against Denmark in March - comes around.

"The (England) manager has seen me play for Tottenham and just told me to go and replicate that form, and that is what I am trying to do," he said.

"Every time I got the ball against Germany, I was trying to attack and make things happen. Hopefully I can continue to do that."

Tottenham have made a strange start to the current campaign - they are only five points off leaders Arsenal but have scored just nine goals in their 11 league fixtures so far.

They were beaten at home by Newcastle United in their final game before the international break and Townsend knows the focus has to be on club football now.

"Everyone has to put England to one side now and focus on club form, because that is what is going to get people on that plane," he said.

"We just have to focus on playing well for our clubs, and then back on England again in March.

"I think I have done myself justice with the four caps so far, but now, like everyone, attention turns to your club football, how well you can play there.

"I have made a good start, but there is still a long way to go."

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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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