Newcastle winger should be in England squad ahead of Arsenal duo, claims ex-international

Andros Townsend has been tipped for an England recall
Andros Townsend has been tipped for an England recall

Danny Murphy believes Andros Townsend should be in the national squad ahead of Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The former Liverpool, Spurs and England midfielder turned BBC pundit has no doubt over who he would name in the squad for Euro 2016 in France this summer.

Both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain have struggled to make an impact for Arsene Wenger's side this season while Townsend is in superb form for Newcastle United as they battle against the drop.

Since arriving in January for Tottenham Hotspur, Townsend has scored four goals - including the winner against Crystal Palace at the weekend - and provided two assists in 10 games.

The winger insists his focus is on club not country ahead of the final week of the Premier League campaign.

But Murphy insists he should be heading to the European Championships this summer.

"Townsend is fit, is playing well and is scoring goals - I would take him," Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

"I’m a big fan of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain when they’re playing regularly and they’re contributing.

"But you can’t take a risk with half a dozen players who aren’t playing regularly.

"You need to hit the ground running, you can’t wait three games.

"Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling would have all just got back from injury – how many others can you risk taking? That’s my logic.

"So for me, Andros Townsend goes.

"He’s an impact player, he’s scoring goals at the moment and he’s confident.

"Get him on the plane!"

Asked if he has thought about an England recall, Townsend said: "Not at all.

"You can see how much we have to focus on Newcastle at the minute so no, I’m not letting my mind think about England."