England's Andros Townsend urged to remain focused on his career by Spurs boss
Andros Townsend has been told by boss Andre Villas-Boas to keep working hard to maintain his progress for both club and country.
The Tottenham Hotspur winger impressed during England’s wins against Montenegro and Poland over the last week after being give his debut by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson.
And as the 22-year-old prepares to get back into club football with Spurs this weekend after helping secure World Cup qualification, Villas-Boas has warned him of the new attention that will now be coming his way.
"Obviously when you get public and media recognition, you have to tolerate it," said the Spurs boss.
"He has to step up his game, but at these moments you have to stay strong with your personality and continue to perform for club and country."
Townsend’s performances this season have seen him rewarded with a new four-year contract at White Hart Lane this week.
His eye-catching form has seen him keep Aaron Lennon, a rival for a spot in the England and Spurs team, watching from the sidelines after his return from injury.
And Villas-Boas admits that if former Leeds and QPR loanee Townsend keeps his form and development on track, Lennon will face a real challenge to try and get back in the team.
"People understand that you have to fight for your place," he added.
"Sometimes you don't always have to speak to the players. They are intelligent and understand that."