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AVB concern over Townsend call-up

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has criticised the manner of Andros Townsend’s England call-up -- but expressed delight at the player’s progression.

• Barkley and Townsend called up

Villas-Boas said he would have preferred to discuss the call-up with England boss Hodgson beforehand, expressing concern over whether, as with Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone in the past, it would be an isolated selection.

Townsend was brought into the squad for the first time after an impressive start to the season, and Villas-Boas said: “What I hope for is that, for such a big impact on a player, for the future of Andros, hopefully we can see some continuity.

“The only thing I’m reflecting is on a couple of examples from the past. In the end, Jake and Tom were competing to get into the Tottenham team. They couldn’t. And, in the end, their England call-ups disappeared. So I just hope that there is some foundation that can take these players to evolve in the future.”

“The only thing is that I think it should be a two-way communication. In the end, Roy explained to me the reasons... that he couldn’t do it [discuss the call-up beforehand] because he would have to do it with all of the managers.

“So that was pretty clear with me, and he can decide on whoever he decides to call because it’s his squad, he should run it like he wants. And I’m not in a position to comment any further on any criteria and selection.”

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