Townsend on comeback trail
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend marked his return from a hamstring injury with a goal in the Under-21s 4-1 win over Newcastle.
The 22-year-old has been sidelined since before Christmas, but made an impressive impact at Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday afternoon in a match which had been postponed from Monday evening because of a waterlogged pitch.
Townsend set up the opening goal for Souleymane Coulibaly on 19 minutes, then added a second himself shortly afterwards when cutting inside from the left and also had a hand in Spurs' third goal before being replaced at half-time by Aaron McEneff.
Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is confident Townsend has the character to regain full match fitness and play his way into the England World Cup squad.
With Arsenal forward Theo Walcott suffering a serious knee injury which ended his own World Cup dreams, the door would seem to open for Townsend to secure his seat on the plane to Brazil, having impressed when handed his opportunity for the senior England team during the final qualifying fixtures.
Sherwood sees no reason why the Spurs academy product cannot enjoy a successful end to the season for both club and country.
''Andros backs himself to be better than anyone else in the world, that is the sort of character he is. He needs to get himself fit and firing again and I am sure you will see the best of it,'' said Sherwood, whose side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
''I have known him since he was a kid and he is a good lad. He is a top trainer and he wants to be playing in every minute of every game, but he will get his opportunities and I am sure he will be productive between now and the end of the season for us."
Should Townsend show no ill effects from his run-out, then the winger could come back into first-team contention at Swansea on Sunday.