Ray Parlour believes that Andros Townsend deserves another chance to impress for England tonight if the Tottenham winger is fit for the crucial final qualifier against Poland.
Townsend is currently a doubt for the game at Wembley after picking up a knee injury against Montenegro on Friday in a game in which he highlighted his ability by scoring a stunning goal on his debut.
Townsend's performance against Montenegro was widely lauded and the praise has sealed a turnaround from two years ago when Tottenham were ready to sell the young attacker.
And former Arsenal man Parlour believes that should he be deemed fit Townsend deserves another chance to impress for England tonight as Hodgson makes some tough decisions selection-wise.
"He deserves to play," Parlour told reporters. "He scored a great goal and was always a threat on the right-hand side.
"He delivered good crosses into the box although Hodgson could take the safety option - by picking James Milner - but after that performance it is difficult to leave him out."
With fellow Tottenham man Kyle Walker suspended England will have to relay on a player playnig out of position and Parlour argues that Phil Jones should be handed the chance in a match that will be the different between adulation and utter disappointment.
He explained: "Phil Jones is the likely replacement, maybe Chris Smalling, but Jones is more defensive-minded and with Leighton Baines an attacking player Jones would have to cover the centre-halves. And he's never let England down before."
Liverpool legend Alan Hansen has insisted the opposite however, claiming that Jones hasn't proven himself for United or England as yet and might not ever be up to the standard of past international defenders.
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