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From stand-in to star. How will Townsend react?

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Guest Writer

News of Andros Townsend’s inclusion in the England team on Friday probably didn’t register too highly with most supporters across the country, Tottenham supporters would have been interested in seeing whether he could take his club form into England duty, while Arsenal supporters and many England fans would have been cursing the luck of Theo Walcott and fearing that recent form might dissipate in his absence. Fast forward to today’s crucial final fixture of this World Cup campaign, we hope, and Townsend is the name on everyone’s lips and a player upon which massive hope rests.

There is no doubting that Townsend put in an impressive performance on Friday evening and it was particularly showcased by that fantastic first goal in an England shirt. Obviously he deserved his Man of the Match award but there were other impressive performances from each of the four offensive  players chosen by Roy Hodgson, Rooney had one of his better games and his workrate alongside that of Welbeck helped immensely while Sturridge is now starting to blossom into the forward that the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea hoped he might become.

Andros Townsend seems made for the England number 7 shirt.Of course Townsend is nailed on to start tonight’s game against Poland who will be a different proposition to Friday’s opponents, they will know a lot more about Townsend and will work on preventing him getting at them as he did Montenegro. With recognition comes reaction from the opposition and  so Andros might not find international football as easy as his first experience of it last week, fortunately he does not come across as a shrinking violet and has total belief in his ability, he has had no problem taking his chance with Tottenham  this season and the remarkable number of shots he has had, the most in the Premiership, and number of dribbles, the most in Europe in such a short time in the first team squad suggests extreme confidence.

As much as Townsend was impressive so too was Roy Hodgson, who went against his safety first instincts and chose a new exciting attacker and the team that suited those ideals, the crowd and the country have been galvanised by what was a good performance against what was at best only an average team.

It will be hard for Andros Townsend to replicate such an impressive debut performance especially with England supporters expecting something special everytime he receives the ball, but tonight is going to be a nervous encounter as so much depends upon the result, only a win will do and Poland will be boosted by enormous and noisy support, they also have some impressive players in their ranks including the much sought striker Lewandowski.

Andros Townsend brings to the England team a total lack of fear and a willingness to get forward at every opportunity as quickly as possible, on Friday the most striking and important moment of the game for me was the build up to the first goal, Townsend took on and took out the two players chosen to stop him while Wayne Rooney matched him for pace and broke at speed to create the space for him to attack, how often do we see that sort of intent these days, Theo Walcott has that same pace and ability but rarely, if ever, shows it in an England shirt preferring to check and pass back or across to a supporting player.

Townsend will simply go out and do his utmost to make a difference, he has done that in every game he has played for Tottenham this season and was exactly the same at QPR last season, he might not produce quite as striking a performance as he did on Friday but he will generate and contribute to a fast attacking tempo, he will probably attempt a couple more efforts on goal as that and taking on his fullback have been the most outstanding features of his season so far.

1 to “From stand-in to star. How will Townsend react?”

  1. craig says:

    Now we know that he just keeps producing the goods.

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