Andros Townsend intends to follow advice of Roy Hodgson and help propel Tottenham to the top of the Premier League

The winger is eager to impress the England manager with his displays for Spurs

Andros Townsend intends to follow the advice of England manager Roy Hodgson and look to drive Tottenham on towards the top of the Barclays Premier League and book his place at the World Cup.

The 22-year-old winger was one of the few players to have impressed during Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat by Germany at Wembley, where he was unfortunate not to score in the second half with a low drive which shaved the outside of the post.

Townsend - so influential in helping secure victories over Montenegro and Poland in England's final two World Cup qualifiers - hopes that by the time Hodgson's next friendly comes around against Denmark in March, he will have played his way into the provisional 30-man squad for Brazil.

"The (England) manager has seen me play for Tottenham and just told me to go and replicate that form, and that is what I am trying to do," Townsend said.

"Every time I got the ball against Germany, I was trying to attack and make things happen. Hopefully I can continue to do that."

Townsend added: "Everyone has to put England to one side now and focus on club form, because that is what is going to get people on that plane.

"We just have to focus on playing well for our clubs, and then back on England again in March.

"I think I have done myself justice with the four caps so far, but now like everyone attention turns to your club football, how well you can play there.

"I have made a good start, but there is still a long way to go."

Despite the disappointment of successive home defeats - the first since 1977 - after also losing to a well-organised Chile side last Friday night, Townsend feels there can be plenty of positives.

"Chile was a South American side, which we are not used to, so it was good for us to test ourselves now so if we play a South American side in the World Cup, then we will know what it is all about and were are not unprepared," he said.

"As a group, it was a good chance for the manager to have a look at a 25 players who are in his mind for Brazil, so in that sense, it was what these friendlies were all about.

"Yes, we would have liked to have got the results, but it was just one of those things

"We have got to know each other with the way we play and I think we will be better for it in March."

Spurs will resume their Premier League campaign looking to respond from a disappointing 1-0 home defeat by Newcastle when they travel to Manchester City on Sunday

Captain Michael Dawson is in positive mood ahead of the visit to City, who are a point below Spurs in eighth place.

"You look at our results and we had the best start we have ever had in the Premier League and we don't want to dwell on things," he told talkSPORT.

"We have got a squad that's good enough to compete in all competitions. I always believe that.

"It is a top squad and we're looking to get silverware this year."

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