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Townsend has struggled since Tim Sherwood's appointment as Spurs boss (©GettyImages).

Top five: Players who didn't deserve England call-ups (6)

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5. Andros Townsend

This one is largely down to the form of other players, but Townsend's recent lack of form is also a contributing factor.

He exploded onto the scene at Tottenham at the beginning of the season (following a reasonably impressive loan spell at Queens Park Rangers in the second half of last season) under the stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas.

He had raw pace, energy and tricks, although his final product was always in doubt. He won an England cap as a result and proved to be the game winner with a strike against Poland.

Since then it has been downhill, with injuries and Villas-Boas' sacking seeing a decline in form in the few games he has played.

Perhaps it was another case of too much too soon for the young winger (see Fraizer Campbell, Raheem Sterling, Wilfried Zaha). 

I admit that I am only saying this due to the sparkling form of Adam Johnson, although the same could also be said of him.

The only difference being that he has a history of good showing even before his recent rampage (from his days at Manchester City). Tom Ince also has the opportunity to stake his claim for a place now he has secured a move to the Premier League.

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Tom Cleverley
Glen Johnson
Football
England Football
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Andros Townsend
Chris Smalling

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