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Townsend dropped for Euro game after clash with coach

By Phil Blanche

Published 05/11/2015

Punished: Andros Townsend is out of Tottenham’s first team
Punished: Andros Townsend is out of Tottenham’s first team

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has banished Andros Townsend from the first team after the winger's clash with a club fitness coach on Monday.

Townsend was pictured pushing and arguing with Spurs trainer Nathan Gardiner on the pitch at White Hart Lane following the team's 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

The 24-year-old is yet to start a Premier League match this season and was an unused substitute against Villa, with Pochettino preferring to bring on Ryan Mason and 18-year-old Josh Onomah in the second-half.

Townsend has since been banned from first team training and will not be part of the squad for tonight's Europa League match at home to Anderlecht.

"He did not train with the group. He is not available to be selected, he is not in the squad," Pochettino said. "When you behave in the wrong way you always need to pay.

"It's always my decision when he is available again to be part of the squad.

"Discipline for me is very important. I can understand the player - we have a young squad and a player can make a mistake - but when you cross the limit it is important to stop that.

"As a manager I am very fair but the discipline is very important. The staff need to show respect to the player and the player needs to show respect to the staff."

Townsend has apologised for the spat but is believed to be considering his future to enhance his England chances.

Pochettino suggested the club have fined Townsend but insists the player can still have a future at White Hart Lane.

"All players have a future. It's up to them to have a future here," Pochettino said. "We believe in him and believe he can give us very good things."

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