Tottenham winger Townsend putting World Cup out of mind

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has insisted he is concentrating on his club form and not worrying about his World Cup place with England, Sky Sports has reported.

Townsend’s senior international bow came in the penultimate World Cup qualifier with Montenegro and, after marking his debut with a goal, the 22-year-old has played some part in every game since, hitting the post on Tuesday evening as Roy Hodgson’s side lost to Germany.

Despite becoming a regular under Hodgson, however, Townsend does not want to believe he is guaranteed a place at Brazil 2014. “I have had a good start to my international career, but I think it is too soon to start talking about Brazil,” Townsend said. “We have got six/seven months of club form now, I have got to keep playing well for my club for six months then hopefully I can secure my place on the plane.

Regarding the 1-0 defeat to Germany, Townsend added: “It was good for us to test ourselves against one of the best nations in Germany, one of the favourites for the World Cup. Obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted but it was a good positive performance and we will definitely build on it.

Townsend has broken into the Spurs XI under Andre Villas-Boas this season, having previously bounced from club to club on short-term loan deals, racking up nine at various levels before establishing himself at White Hart Lane.

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