World Cup Qualifier: England wait on Andros Townsend

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England are sweating over the fitness of Andros Townsend after he picked up a knock ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Townsend was the star of the show against Montenegro on Friday night when he capped a fine debut performance with a wonder strike in the 4-1 win.

However, boss Roy Hodgson has now revealed the Tottenham winger picked up a knock during the game and will be monitored ahead of the Poland game.

Hodgson says it is nothing serious and expects him to be fit for the clash.

“Andros took a slight knock on Friday so we will have to monitor that but we are hopeful he will be okay for Tuesday,” he said.

Hodgson was less forthcoming when quizzed over who would replace the suspended Kyle Walker, and whether Michael Carrick or Jack Wilshere would come into the starting line-up.

“I think I’ll keep the ideas about the team to myself for the moment, not least of all because the players haven’t been informed,” Hodgson added.

“I’m not certain they have as clear an idea as they would normally do as there’s been no functional work done (in training).

“I’m not even certain the players are certain who’s going to play at right-back in place of the suspended Kyle Walker.

“They (the substitutes) were in contention against Montenegro and they are in contention again.

“In Michael Carrick and Jack Wilshere I have two world-class players. We are blessed in the midfield department.”

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