Ankle surgery ends England World Cup dream for Townsend

Andros Townsend will not feature for England at the World Cup Finals this summer, due to an ankle injury which requires surgery.

The Tottenham Hotspur has burst onto the scene for club and country this season, having spent much of the past four years gaining experience with a series of loans. Townsend has now racked up 30 appearances in the Premier League since making his debut during the 2012-13 campaign, with the bulk of these coming this term.

Having received his first international cap against Montenegro in October last year, he has now figured for Roy Hodgson five times and was tipped to make the squad for the Finals in Brazil. However, the winger has been ruled out of the competition, after the White Hart Lane club confirmed he will undergo surgery to solve an ankle problem.

“Following further examination and consultation, Andros Townsend is to undergo surgery on his left ankle after damaging ligaments during our Barclays Premier League fixture against Stoke City last Saturday afternoon,” a club statement read on Wednesday. “The injury is likely to sideline the young winger for up to 10 weeks.”

The absence of the 22-year-old denies Hodgson of another attacking outlet, with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott also ruled out having suffered a knee injury earlier this season. The England manager, like all his counterparts in the tournament, has until 2 June to confirm his final squad selection, although The Mirror report he will do so on 12 May.


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