Spurs boss concerned by Townsend call-up

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he would have appreciated a courteous call from Roy Hodgson after the England manager decided to select Andros Townsend for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Townsend has been rewarded for his impressive early form season for Spurs with an inclusion in the party for the encounters with Moldova and Ukraine, having played a prominent role in the recent victories over Dinamo Tbilisi and Swansea City.

Villas-Boas, however, is wary of the 22-year-old's call-up and had hoped he would have been able to voice his concerns of Hodgson, had the England boss been in contact prior to announcing his squad.

The Spurs coach has seen a number of his charges included in England squads in the past, and does not believe the way in which Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore were treated has benefited their careers.

Villas-Boas believes Hodgson should demonstrate more continuity with his squads, and hopes the inclusion of Townsend results in a sustained period of international duty for the young Spurs star.

"The fact [is] that I wasn't contacted in any way or form by Roy Hodgson regarding the player call-up. I would have preferred to give my opinion on the fact that he gets caught up too soon," Villas-Boas told reporters.

"If there is to be any continuity with the future of Andros in the national team, it's a great step for him. It means that there is confidence from the manager in him, it means that something is going to be built.

"It means that it's something the player is going to receive as a reward not only for these last two games but out of the belief that Roy has in him.

" If it's a call out of nothing of consequence … and there is no continuity in the future ... if his performances change in some way or if the player doesn't get involved in Tottenham and, in the end, he gets dried out, then it's a big surprise for me. I think a player who gets called up for the national team after two games should have respect and continuity towards the future.

"I assume from this moment that there will be that belief. I can recall from last season we had Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone and Steven Caulker called up for England. At the moment, it doesn't seem to have any continuity there."

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