Townsend: I have to continue impressing Hodgson

The England winger has had a fairytale start to the season, impressing on his Three Lions debut last month, but is not resting on his laurels ahead of the friendly against Chile
Andros Townsend insists he is not guaranteed to go the the World Cup despite his impressive England debut last month.

The Tottenham winger has established himself as a regular at club and international level this season but is adamant he still has plenty of work to do to make sure of his place in Brazil.

And Townsend, speaking ahead of the friendly against Chile, revealed he believes there is great competition in this current England setup.

“I’ve got to keep playing well whenever given the chance and try and force my way onto the plane next summer, he told the FA's official website.

“We’ve got a big squad because we’ve got fantastic players. Every single one of us is going to be trying to impress in training and in the games to try and get on that plane. 
“There aren’t too many other opportunities before the summer to play for England and impress the manager so everyone is going to be giving 100 per cent to catch the manager’s eye.” 

Townsend admits his goalscoring England debut against Montenegro was the stuff of dreams, but insists he is remaining focused on performing for Tottenham between now and next summer.

“I don’t think it could have gone any better,” he added.

"It was midday before the game when Roy was going through the team and I was just excited and couldn’t wait for the game to start and show what I can do. 

“To make my home debut in such an important game in front of a home crowd was good, but for me to help England win, and not only score a goal but to help create another one, it was a dream debut for me. 

“I’ve just tried to put all the England stuff to one side and tried to focus on playing for Spurs and helping them get as high in the league as we can.

“You can’t get carried away with what people write or say about you, you just have to keep going.”