DARREN FOREMAN: Townsend helps England book Brazil trip

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Well we are on the way to Brazil but as normal not without the odd scare along the way.

England saved their best performances to the last and in Andros Townsend found an exciting strong running player to take the game to the opposition.

England's Andros Townsend (left) and Poland's Adrian Mierzejewski battle for the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Group H match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.

England's Andros Townsend (left) and Poland's Adrian Mierzejewski battle for the ball during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying, Group H match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 15, 2013. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.

We have over 200 plus days to practice penalties and find an excuse as to why we won’t win the World Cup.

Too warm, not technically good enough, too many foreign players in our league or our youth structure is poor.

The use of a false number nine doesn’t work for England in my opinion, especially with Daniel Sturridge leading the line.

His lack of vision, insistence on keeping hold of the ball for far too long and inability to see players in a better position for me detract from his pace and natural ability.

A good centre-forward in my opinion links play and brings others into the game as well as scores goals.

Greg Dyke, the new chairmen of the FA, has commissioned a new think-tank involving people like Glenn Hoddle, Howard Wilkinson and Dario Gradi.

Having played under Gradi I know first-hand how open-minded to new things he is and is an excellent coach.

Hoddle was one of the most gifted players to ever play for England.

A knowledgeable coach and one of a few English players to blossom abroad, even if his man management skills were lacking as England coach.

My concern is that unless the Premier League come on board this commission will be a toothless, white elephant with the big clubs still dictating, the clubs prevailing over country.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Andros Townsend for two great performances to help England make it to the World Cup finals.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“[Mike Ashley] loves football but he sometimes can’t understand how it works and it confuses and upsets him, and when he is upset he does things that aren’t brilliant for the football club.”

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew