Townsend takes Hodgson’s advice to drive Tottenham forward

Andros Townsend insists he will listen to England manager Roy Hodgson’s advice by driving Tottenham forward and continuing his impressive form for his club, writes Team Talk.

The 22-year-old was a vital part of Hodgson’s set-up against Montenegro and Poland as England secured qualification for the 2014 World Cup, and the winger is hoping to take that form into club level for Tottenham.

Townsend struck the post during the 1-0 defeat to Germany and he hopes to continue impressing during Spurs’ matches. “The (England) manager has seen me play for Tottenham and just told me to go and replicate that form, and that is what I am trying to do,” he said.

Every time I got the ball against Germany, I was trying to attack and make things happen. Hopefully I can continue to do that.

Townsend added: “Everyone has to put England to one side now and focus on club form, because that is what is going to get people on that plane. We just have to focus on playing well for our clubs, and then back on England again in March.

I think I have done myself justice with the four caps so far, but now like everyone attention turns to your club football, how well you can play there. I have made a good start, but there is still a long way to go.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side suffered a 1-0 defeat at White Hart Lane last time out and will be hoping to get something out of the match on Sunday against Manchester City at the Etihad as Spurs aim for a top four finish this season.

Townsend, 22, has played 10 of Tottenham’s 11 matches in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal in the process.

The winger’s impressive form began after a successful loan spell at Queens Park Rangers during the 2012-13 season, where he scoffed twice in 12 matches under Harry Redknapp.

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