Tottenham winger Andros Townsend doesn't want to be the next Gareth Bale, Arjen Robben or Aaron Lennon - he simply wants to be Andros Townsend.
The 22-year-old has featured regularly for Spurs this season, and after a string of impressive displays has been likened to some of Europe's most exciting wingers, including the world most expensive player, and his former teammate, Gareth Bale.
High praise indeed for a player who only made his Premier League debut last season.
Despite being flattered by the recent praise, Townsend is well aware all could change if his form drops, he told The Sun: "It's wonderful when people say such things but football is a tough world - and as quickly as you can be flavour of the month, you are only ever one or two bad games away from being slated.
"These top players have been performing consistently for years at the highest level. If I ever achieve half as much as these players, I will be very happy."
Having broken into Roy Hodgson's England squad, Townsend is keen to prove his own ability to the footballing world, rather than just being compared to others.
He said: "To be the new Bale, the new Robben, the new Aaron Lennon, is not something I strive for.
"I want to achieve things in the game like them - but ultimately I want to make my own name in the game and be Andros Townsend."
Despite being called into Hodgson's squad for their previous two World Cup qualifiers, against Moldova and Ukraine, Townsend is yet to make his senior debut for the Three Lions. However, he'll be hoping to change that in the upcoming double head against Montenegro and Poland as England hope to seal a spot at next summer's World Cup.
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