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England call-up too early for Tottenham winger?

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After receiving a surprise call-up to the England senior side last week for the Three Lions' upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, has Roy Hodgson acted too soon in bringing the young winger into the international fold?

Townsend, 22, has started the season in sparkling form for Spurs, winning plaudits for his impressive performances. 

So much so that when Hodgson named his England squad on Tuesday, Townsend was a surprise inclusion.

Although many seem delighted for the youngster, some people have also raised eyebrows to Hodgson's choice, with many believing that it is too much too soon for someone who has yet to prove themselves in the Premier League. 

And they wouldn't be wrong. Largely unproven, Townsend has only made five league appearances for Spurs and although he has featured more in League Cup and Europa League matches, the step up to international level is a steep one. 

Townsend started his career at Tottenham but has been sent out on loan an astonishing nine times - mostly to lower league clubs.

However, it has to be argued that after his fantastic loan spell at Premier League outfit QPR campaign where he drew a lot of praise with some sterling performances, maybe Townsend is ready for the challenge.

And, at the time of writing, he probably is England's form winger - not that that is saying too much. 

His manager at Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas, is not convinced that including Townsend after his prominent rise is the right thing to do. 

In a roundabout way AVB said that he was happy for Townsend but thinks that he should only be included if the player continues to get in Hodgson's future squads and his place in this particular squad is not just a result and reward of playing a couple of eye-catching performances for Spurs. 

Indeed, with the recent influx of transfers at Tottenham this summer, Townsend is not even guaranteed a place in the squad each week. As well as having to fight for a place with new attacking additions Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela as well as potentially Christian Eriksen who is reportedly in talks over a move, Townsend also faces stiff competition from Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby for a place. 

As proven time and time again, you have to be playing week-in week-out if you want to fulfil your international ambitions. This could explain why AVB said the things he did about continuity. 

A lot of people will say that he deserves his chance and that's all very well - if he doesn't get on in the qualifiers or even if he plays a bit-part, it'll be labelled as 'a good experience for him'. 

I for one though, think it's time England raised and bring in their players a little differently. I think the national team and the way in which personnel is all a little one-dimensional at the minute - one of the many reasons why there has been a lack of international success. 

There is too much pressure and expectation for a player to be called up after showing glimpses of fine form, and once they take to the field there is even more pressure to perform. More often than not players that get called up a) aren't good enough to play for England and/or b) aren't quite ready to make the step up.

Just some of the names that you can fit into this bracket include players like David Nugent, Jake Livermore, Tom Huddlestone, Andrew Johnson, Kevin Davies, Steven Caulker and Raheem Sterling. 

Indeed if you look at Hodgson's chosen squad for these qualifiers - Townsend is joined by the uncapped 19-year-old Ross Barkley and Rickie Lambert. Both players have enjoyed fabulous starts this campaign (aware that Lambert had a fine season last year) yet might not be ready/good enough for England.  

It's an ongoing saga that unfortunately doesn't look like it's going to change in the Three Lions' camp.

I'm not saying this is totally the case with Townsend, he does look to be a potentially exciting and really good player for England, but just not yet.  


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