Townsend not guaranteed Tottenham starting spot, admits Villas-Boas

The 22-year-old has been warned that he still has to keep on performing in order to retain his place in the first team, though his Portuguese boss lauded his England impact
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says winger Andros Townsend is not assured of his place in the Spurs starting XI despite his star turn for the England national team.

The 22-year-old was in brilliant form for Roy Hodgson's side, netting on his debut and helping the Three Lions secure World Cup qualification, though will have to fight off competition to retain his place in Villas-Boas' first team.

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"It's a question of what serves the team and who's performing better," stated the Portuguese when asked how the winger’s recent form will affect his squad selection.

"Whenever someone is doing well they deserve to keep their place. [Townsend] knows he has tough competition for his place.

"Not just from [Erik] Lamela and [Aaron] Lennon, but [Gylfi] Sigurdsson and [Nacer] Chadli. He will continue to deliver, that's what we want."

Villas-Boas has been delighted with the impact Townsend has had on the international stage, and believes he will improve as a player thanks to the experience.

He continued: "It's wonderful for him and comes along with the explosion he had in the Premier League not with Tottenham. He is doing extremely well for club and country and deserves credit.

"We're very proud of what he has done, seeing him play with so much confidence and determination he's really set his place in the team, for Tottenham and for his country.

"There are only two wide positions up for grabs and they all have to compete. He knows that, but performances like this keep your place in the team for Tottenham and England."