Andros Townsend
Townsend replaced fellow England international Ryan Mason with seven minutes remaining at Turf Moor. Getty Images

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has continued his war of words with Andros Townsend following Tottenham's disappointing goalless draw against Burnley.

Winger Townsend, who has struggled for consistency since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Tim Sherwood as manager at White Hart Lane last summer, made headlines earlier this week with a stunning strike that ensured England avoided defeat in their friendly against Italy.

Straight after that match in Turin, Townsend took great pleasure in taking to social media to hit back at Sky Sports pundit Merson, who had previously expressed his view that the 23-year-old was simply not worthy of selection in Roy Hodgson's latest squad in light of his lacklustre domestic form.

While Merson appeared to initially admit his mistake, he later penned a column for the Daily Star in which he claimed that the former Birmingham and QPR loanee should concentrate on playing football and trying to win medals rather than focusing on him.

Rather than letting the feud end there, however, it seems Merson just could not resist another dig at his rival's expense after Townsend featured for just seven minutes as a second-half substitute as Tottenham scrapped their way to a point in a woeful game at Turf Moor.

"Just been watching the game @andros_townsend, did you miss the coach? #RubberDub #7minutes," he tweeted.


Tottenham managed just two shots on target through a dour 90 minutes against Burnley, and the result all but ends their slim hopes of returning to the Champions League next season.

Not even the in-form Harry Kane, joint-top scorer in the Premier League alongside Chelsea's Diego Costa, could make the difference for the visitors despite being handed the captain's armband in the absence of injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Danny Ings had an opportunity to put Burnley ahead inside five minutes, but he could only shoot straight at Michel Vorm.

"It was a very tough game. We fought a lot. The second half was good but not enough to win the game," Pochettino was quoted as saying in his post-match interview.

"I'm pleased with a clean sheet but we've dropped two points. We need to move forward and fight in the next games."