Two new players have been called up to the latest England squad. Both of them are youngsters with huge potential and talent and most importantly both of them impressed for their teams in the opening weeks in new season.
Ross Barkley has stepped up into the Everton midfield in the first two matches and pulled off a sensational goal as well. His performances were eye-catching to say the least and at 19-years-of-age he might be expected to take the midfield mantle in the future for England as well.
Spurs winger Andros Townsend was the other name included in Roy Hodgson's squad. He was brilliant in both the matches he has played this season. He scored a goal and set up two more against Dinamo Tbilisi in Europa League, and returned to torment Swansea defence on Sunday to earn the vital penalty. He was outstanding in both the games and possessed the biggest threat on both matches.
The fact that Townsend's substitution was greeted by a standing ovation by the White Hart Lane crowd is a testament to his magnificent performance against Swansea. To receive a standing ovation on his first start for Spurs in a Premier League match shows how he has developed over the years since joining his favourite club as an 8-year-old boy.
Spurs' wing wizards Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale were absent on both the matches, but Townsend's performances made up for their loss. Last season fans witnessed some dismal displays from the Lilywhites in the absence of the duo, but with the return of a more prolific Townsend, Spurs' wing play is looking more superior nowadays. The QPR loan spell seems to have done wonders to his confidence and Townsend's performances are at a high level since then.
Townsend is blessed with blistering pace and a lethal left foot. He can play on both wings and his end product has also showed marked improvements over the years. He is high on confidence, while his directness and ability to take on defenders shows that he is on top of his game at present.
The England national football team has relied on the services of James Milner, Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon, Ashley Young etc. for the right midfielder / wing role in recent times. On a closer analysis one will realise that none of them offers the direct threat, end product and fresh approach that Townsend brings to his game.
He might have shown willingness to cut inside often to take shoots, at the same time he is comfortable hugging the touchline as well, doubling his threat. With the kind of form Townsend is in, I won't be surprised if Hodgson puts him directly into the England starting line-up.
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