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Tottenham winger deserves to start against Montenegro

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Andros Townsend - in Aaron Lennon's absence through injury - has proven that he is capable of being a regular starter this season, having been in the first XI in all but one of Tottenham's Premier League games so far.

It is testament to his commitment and determination to succeed at Tottenham that he has stayed at the club for so long.

He first appeared on the scene in the 2008-09 season, but was immediately loaned out to Yeovil Town.

That was just the start of a four year period that would see him loaned out to eight other clubs, including to Queens Park Rangers last season, when they were relegated from the Premier League.

Whilst most players in Townsend's position would opt to move on from their Premier League parent club, Townsend has chosen to stay and fight for his place.

That has paid dividends this season as he continues to impress in Andre Villas-Boas' flourishing Spurs side. Even amidst the raft of expensive foreign signings that came in response to the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Townsend has managed to hold onto his starting berth so far.

With England manager Roy Hodgson having named Townsend in his England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, the Spurs winger will be itching for a chance to prove himself.

However, Townsend will be facing tough competition from James Milner for the starting spot against England's Group H opponents.

Milner is also admired by Hodgson for his work-ethic and reportedly has the manager's backing for big game occasions. Depending on what formation Hodgson chooses, both Townsend and Milner could start next Friday because Ashley Young has not been included in the squad.

Townsend and Milner are the only two wide players who have been named.

Some would argue that it is a risk to start a player who has no senior international experience. However, having drawn three times in three games against Montenegro, England need to surprise them.

The Montenegrin side will undoubtedly be planning for an England team that includes Milner. If Townsend is chosen ahead of the Manchester City player, England may well be able to surprise their opponents.

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