Townsend insists it is not only Max Meyer who is putting pressure on Hodgson's incumbent XI.
He told the London Evening Standard: “Max is a fantastic player, we've seen in training already him, Cheki [Kouyate] and Jordan [Ayew] have fitted in quite well. I'm sure they'll come in at some stage but the 11 who are in the team at the moment, we're all playing well.
“Yes in the last two games we've not got the result we wanted but everyone's playing well and it's great for them to keep us on our toes.
"The competition in the squad will bring the best out of us."