After being called up to replace Theo Walcott for England’s remaining two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, Andros Townsend took his chance in his debut match and it was a perfect international debut for the Tottenham winger as he produced a
man-of-the-match display and capped it with a tremendous goal.
His fearless running caused Montenegro all sorts of problems and forced the opener, while
his fine 25-yard strike with his weaker right foot wrapped up the points.
He also earned the praise of his manager, Roy Hodgson, who was quoted by Goal.com: "He made a big impact; He got the man-of-the-match [award] and fully deserves the praise that will come his way.
"It can’t be easy making your debut in a game of that nature but he played very well. He played with a calmness and coolness that I’ve seen at QPR and Tottenham."
This calmness has been missing from the English attack and his direct running and energy have given England balance on the right side of the pitch.
The match against Poland on Tuesday was another impressive performance from the Tottenham winger. He ran at the Poland defence and got his head up to make good decisions in the final third.
His shooting was also a threat and he hit the bar with a stunning strike from 25 yards. This is different from what Walcott has to offer and his injury can be seen as a blessing in
disguise, though these opponents might not be seen as strong enough but Townsend has done enough to challenge for a spot and play an important role for England in
next summer world cup.
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