The 22-year-was a shock inclusion in the Three Lions’ set-up for the ties with Moldova and Ukraine following his impressive early season form with Spurs.
Hodgson’s decision to call up Townsend – who spent the latter half of the last campaign on loan at QPR – was questioned by his manager Andre Villas-Boas, who hinted that he feels it may be too early for the wide man, who has only made two starts for the North Londoners.
But, the player himself feels that he is worthy of his spot in the squad, and revealed that the national team manager was keeping an eye on his progress last season.
“The England manager saw a few of my games last season so I knew I was on his radar,” he told the Evening Standard.
“Of course I’m shocked but I feel I deserve it for the way I played last season at QPR.
But, Townsend knows that he still has much work to do to establish himself at club and international level:
“The call-up is a fantastic reward for my start to the season but I know I’m not the finished article.
“I’ve got to go there and prove myself and hopefully I can get my first cap. It’s nice to have recognition for doing so well at your club.”
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