December 5 2013 Latest news:
By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Andros Townsend is thrilled to have a chance to play his part in England’s “make or break” World Cup qualifiers at Wembley.
The 22-year-old Spurs winger received his first senior international call-up for the clashes with Moldova and Ukraine last month – and, although he did not get onto the field in either game, he has been selected again by Roy Hodgson.
The Three Lions top Group H ahead of their final two qualifying matches against Montenegro and Poland – and they are guaranteed to secure a place in the summer’s World Cup in Brazil if they win both games on home soil.
“These are two important matches for this country – make or break really,” Townsend told Spurs TV. “I’m just delighted that the manager has shown in trust in me and put me in the squad again, and hopefully this time I can get my first cap.
“It will be a fantastic experience for me, whether I play or don’t play, to be in and around the squad and, fingers crossed, to help the squad get to Brazil. I’m looking forward to it.
“It would be a dream come true [to get my first cap]. Every kid dreams about playing for their country and I’m no different, so if it happens then I’ll be delighted.
“If it doesn’t then I’ve just got to come back to Tottenham, keep playing well - as I have been - and hopefully it will come during the season.”
Townsend has started Spurs’ last six Premier League games and was the most dangerous player in the first half of Sunday’s showdown with West Ham at White Hart Lane.
However, Andre Villas-Boas’ Lilywhites were unable to find the net and they ultimately suffered a stunning 3-0 defeat against Sam Allardyce’s Irons – their first reverse at home since March.
“It’s a local derby game, it’s a game that we went into trying to get the three points to stay at the top of the table – but that’s football,” said Townsend.
“We didn’t take the chances in the first half and, yet again, in the second half we were made to pay for not taking our chances. That’s the way football is. We’ve got two weeks now where we can regroup and come back strongly against Aston Villa.
“West Ham had chances as well in the first half – [Kevin] Nolan had a good chance so both teams could say ‘we could have been ahead going into half-time’.
“We’re not going to make excuses, we weren’t good enough at the end of the day and we were beaten comprehensively.”