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Spurs star admits to diving in Chelsea match

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Andros Downsend apologised to Mike Dean for his dive which saw him get a yellow card during his sides 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Diving has become a prominent issue in the game amidst claims Ashley Young dived to win a penalty in his sides 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace.

Manchester United boss David Moyes hit out at Young for his dive against Crystal Palace.

Townsend was given a yellow card for simulation when he appeared to collide with England colleague Frank Lampard, but the 22-year-old admits he thoroughly deserved his punishment.

"It was definitely a yellow card. I said to the ref at half-time that as I have come inside the leg was there and he has pulled out at the last minute," said Townsend.

"I still went over so it was a deserved yellow card. I apologised to the ref. I said to him at half-time that I thoroughly deserved it. Hopefully, I won't do that again. Obviously, I have got to kick it out of my game."

Townsend was not the only one in the headlines for diving, with Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh appearing to dive to try and win a penalty against Southampton.

The winger admitted that his dive was a mistake, but defended the penalty he won earlier in the season against Swansea.

"If the leg is there, you go over it. If there is contact, it's not a dive. I can only speak for myself," said Townsend.

"It's sort of instinct, things happen so fast, you make mistakes and that dive was a mistake.

"The penalty I won against Swansea, people said that was a dive but if you are running that fast, with any little touch, you are going to go over."

Townsend was a part of Roy Hodgson's England squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers in September, but remained unused.

The winger also expressed that the England boss has been keeping an his progress with Tottenham for quite some time.

"I have a tough enough battle trying to stay in this Tottenham team but anything else is in the distance really," he added.

"He [Hodgson] said to me before the two games that he had been watching me not only this season, but the last six months, when I was at QPR, and told me to continue what I am doing and I will get in the squad."

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