Paul Lambert wary of praising Tottenham’s Andros Townsend

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert refuses to heap praise on Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend

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Andros Townsend scored on his England debut on Friday Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Lambert has remained cautious about adding to the current “hype” surrounding Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend.

The 22-year-old winger was England’s star performer in recent victories over Montenegro and Poland which sealed their spot in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Lambert’s Aston Villa side take on Spurs and Townsend at Villa Park on Sunday, and the Scot refused to heap praise on the former Queens Park Rangers midfielder.

“This country has got a habit of giving great ‘hype’,” said Lambert. “Somebody plays one or two good games and they’re a world-beater. Tottenham have got an array of players, it’s not just him.

“I don’t know the lad at all but in the last couple of games for England, he’s played well. But if you look at Spurs’ team, every one of their players is a top player.

“He’s been playing well for Tottenham, even before the England games. But Spurs’ squad is huge, they’ve got a right good squad. The lad Erik Lamela can’t get a consistent run of games and he cost them a right few million pounds (reportedly £30m).

“It’s up to the club managers who they pick and who they play.”

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