Walker praise for ‘nightmare’ Andros

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Sheffield’s Kyle Walker has no doubt Andros Townsend will give the best defenders in the world nightmares if he ends up going to Brazil next summer.

Townsend produced one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory on Friday when he scored and starred in England’s 4-1 demolition of Montenegro.

The 22-year-old caused havoc with his pacy runs at the Montenegro defence and he capped off his performance with a stunning 25-yard drive which flew in off the frame of the away goal.

Townsend is now almost certain to start Tuesday’s all-important qualifier against Poland, and his chances of making Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad now look good.

“Yes, I think (he could make the squad). I hope (so),” the Spurs right-back said.

“I hope this is just a stepping stone for him to showcase his talent and go on to do big things.

“Don’t forget he has had to bide his time to get a place, he hasn’t just walked into the team, but I just hope for him that he carries on putting on performances like that and we get to where we want to be in the summer.”

If Tottenham’s full-backs thought they were going to have it easy in training this year following the sale of Gareth Bale, then they were wrong.

“He is a nightmare,” Walker said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes football. He is really confident and you could see that against Montenegro.”