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Newcastle winger pushing for England Euro 2016 spot

A few months ago, the prospect of Andros Townsend making England's Euro 2016 squad seemed incredibly remote.

Townsend has impressed since swapping Spurs for Newcastle. Credit: Oulala

Deemed surplus to requirements by a team brimming with English talent, the brave winger swapped title-chasing Spurs for a relegation scrap at Newcastle.

With a consecutive run of games under his belt on Tyneside, Townsend is once again showing why Roy Hodgson handed him an England debut in 2013, and a further nine caps in 2014 and 2015.

The stats from Oulala show that since joining Newcastle in 2016, Townsend has outperformed three players vying for a similar Three Lions role this summer – Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

When comparing the four players like-for-like, Townsend has scored more goals, created more goals, produced more key and successful passes, won more tackles and pulled off a greater number of interceptions.

The figures are overwhelming and Townsend clearly should get the nod based on current form, but has he done enough to convince Hodgson?

Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder set for US move

Former England international Joe Cole is poised to join the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Coventry boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed the 34-year-old will move to the North American Soccer League side when his contract expires in the summer.

Three-times Barclays Premier League winner with Chelsea, Cole joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer from Aston Villa in January but has told Mowbray he is heading to Florida.

Joe Cole is coming America. Credit: PA

"Joe's going to join Tampa Bay and it might happen pretty quickly if he can get international clearance etc," Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph.

"I would have liked to have kept Joe who I think has proven his fitness and worth to the team. He's a fantastic character around our building - no airs and graces, not looking for favours or extra days off.

"He's a top guy and he has shown his football ability. It's come probably a little bit late in the day that I have felt as if I could trust him to play in the centre of midfield alongside John Fleck.

"I think Joe can help us control football matches but he's made his decision for his family, I think, and we wish him well because he's been fantastic for our dressing room and this football club."


Simeone: Atletico showed what they're made of

Diego Simeone has taken his side to another final. Credit: Reuters

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone hailed the "huge mettle" of his team as they booked a place in the Champions League final at the expense of Bayern Munich.

Bayern won 2-1 on aggregate in Bavaria but Antoine Griezmann's strike for the Spanish side took them through to the final on the away goals rule after they won the first leg 1-0.

It was a fantastic first half from Bayern. Then, we saw a formidable team and had little response to the situations they proposed.

The second half was more even. We went out very well in the counter-attack that resulted in the goal and that allowed us to have an advantage.

But the boys showed huge mettle at the end of the match. We go through to the final very happy.

– Diego Simeone


Starting line-ups: Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid

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