Spurs boss Sherwood backing Townsend to make World Cup

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is backing Andros Townsend to play his way into the England World Cup squad.

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is backing Andros Townsend to play his way into the England World Cup squad.

The winger has been sidelined with a hamstring problem since before Christmas and had been set to feature for Spurs' Under-21s against Newcastle at Bishop's Stortford on Monday evening, but his comeback has been put on hold after the match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

"Andros backs himself to be better than anyone else in the world, that is the sort of character he is. He needs to get himself fit and firing again and I am sure you will see the best of it," said Sherwood, whose side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

"I have known him since he was a kid and he is a good lad. He is a top trainer and he wants to be playing in every minute of every game, but he will get his opportunities and I am sure he will be productive between now and the end of the season for us.

"Obviously I like Andros and I know what his qualities are. He gets past people, he makes goals and he can score goals.

"He needs to slow himself down on his shooting and he knows that, but he is probably one of the most two-footed players in that squad. He cuts in from the left and shoots with the right, he does the same on the other side and is probably more accurate on his right side than he is on the left."

 
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