Tottenham Hotspur duo Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker have been added to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, following the withdrawal of Everton defender John Stones through injury.
Right-back Walker has 11 senior caps to his name, while Townsend has made nine appearances for the Three Lions, scoring three goals including this belter on debut…
Walker was brought in as a replacement for Stones, according to The Guardian, who suggest that Townsend’s call-up is due to fitness concerns surrounding Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
If Rooney is unable to play, Arsenal speedster Theo Walcott could be used as a forward, rather than a wideman, presenting Townsend with a chance to shine on the right flank, from where he loves to cut in and shoot using his favoured left foot.
Townsend’s record of three goals in nine senior international games gives him an England strike-rate of 33.33%, which is superior to that of Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool forward Sturridge has netted five times in 12 matches for his country, giving him a 31.25% strike-rate.
Sturridge is not the only striker Townsend compares favourably to.
Walcott’s strike-rate is a lowly 17.07% – seven goals in 41 games.
Meanwhile, Leicester City frontman Jamie Vardy’s strike-rate is pretty easy to work out – zero goals in two outings.
At the other end of the scale are the likes of Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, with 14 goals n 33 games (42.42%), Rooney, with 50 in 107 (46.73%) and Tottenham’s homegrown hero Harry Kane, with three in four (75%).
Townsend has not played for England since June, while Walker’s last appearance for the Three Lions came back in March.
Revised squad in full:
Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley); Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur); Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur); Danny Ings (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
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England, who have already booked their place at Euro 2016, play Estonia at Wembley on Friday night, before completed their qualifying campaign with a trip to Vilnius on Monday.