Opinions over Andros Townsend’s value to the national side are mixed – much as they are at club level and the winger has been receiving both praise and criticism from England’s next opponents Germany.
“Andros Townsend is very quick and dynamic, and they have impressive wide players,” said manager Joachim Low.
Meanwhile, former German international Dietmar Hamann is less than impressed but while that argument rages on, our fringe midfielder Tom Carroll is being tipped to follow Andros into the full national side.
Jermaine Jenas has played with Tom both at Spurs and at his current club QPR where Carroll is on loan until the end of the season.
“Tom went through a spell at Spurs where I don’t think they knew what was going to happen. He was very slight, but he’s worked very hard on his technique and fitness,” Jenas said
“He’s one of the players I use to see after training constantly working on his technique, so to see him grow into the player he is is nice.”
“Tom made the right decision coming here rather than playing Europa League games because the Championship is more competitive,” he added.
“He needs a lot more games at the top level to get that confidence. Hopefully his time here will have the same effect as it had for Andros.”
Tom Carroll is progressing well at Loftus Road despite an injury setback and if and when he does break into the full national side, he may just prove to be more consistent – if not necessarily as exciting – as Andros Townsend at all levels.