Andros Townsend put in another scintillating performance for England against Germany at Wembley Stadium. He was England’s bright spark and constantly created problems by taking on German defenders straight on. He was given the opportunity to shine at club level for Tottenham, when previous wing wizard Gareth Bale left for Real Madrid.
Wing wizard Townsend burst onto the International stage last month with an impressive set of performances against Montenegro and Poland, which helped secure England’s spot at next year’s World Cup in Brazil. England boss Roy Hodgson took a chance and played the diminutive winger from the start in both critical qualification matches. His gamble paid off, as Townsend was by far England’s best player, and even managed to get his name on the score sheet against Montenegro.
His star has continued to rise and has, in turn, been given more chances at Tottenham and has blossomed under the tutelage of Andre Villas-Boas. He looks like a player who is both mature and extremely confident in his abilities. He will give England wonderful balance as they look to win their first World Cup since 1966 when they won in England.
His pace is reminiscent of fellow England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he has the skill set of a young Cristiano Ronaldo. He still has a ways to go, but he seems to finally have found his best football, and he will only get better. He was impressive against a very good German defense, and proved that England has several players who can create chances and score plenty of goals. In my opinion, he has been the man of the match in all three of his England caps.
Look for Townsend to be a game changer and explode onto the stage by making a name for himself at next year’s competition. He is definitely a player to watch, and if he can continue to perform the way he has, he will soon be a household name and an England regular. England has finally found a new No. 7 worthy of that distinction.