England manager Roy Hodgson will name his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany on Thursday afternoon.
Seven months remain until the start of the World Cup, but there is no doubt that the prospect of pulling on that famous white shirt in Brazil will be at the forefront of many players on the fringe of Hodgson's squad.
After sealing qualification last month with a win over Poland, Hodgson vowed to use the November friendlies to field some of his less experienced players.
Townsend was one player he name-checked. Following a stunning debut against Montenegro, the winger performed admirably amid a hostile atmosphere against Poland and he has since maintained his form at Tottenham, where he has become a regular for the first time.
The 22-year-old's performances have been so good that England's most-capped outfield player David Beckham is now a big admirer.
"He is playing with a freedom that is great to see," Beckham told Sky Sports News.
"He is a great person for a young player to look at and say 'it's not always an easy ride'.
"Andros has come out of it and helped us (get to) the World Cup."
Beckham is right. It has not been an easy ride for Townsend.
Last summer the Spurs winger was banned from football for a month after admitting breaking betting rules.
The midfielder then inadvertently found himself at the centre of a race row involving Hodgson after a bizarre half-time team talk during the 2-0 win over Poland.
Hodgson reportedly used an old NASA phrase to direct his players to get the ball to Townsend during the tense match. "Feed the monkey" was the metaphor he apparently used.
That led to many unwanted headlines surrounding the England manager and he will be keen to move on from the saga when he faces the media on Thursday, five days before his squad meet at St George's Park.
Hodgson is likely to name a much-changed line-up for the game against Chile on November 15, although he may want to revert to his strongest XI for the visit of old foe Germany four days later.
Hodgson wants to see Chris Smalling and Daniel Sturridge play more so they are likely to get a run out against the South Americans while in goal the
England manager could use the opportunity to hand Celtic stopper Fraser Forster his international debut ahead of Joe Hart.
Unfortunately for Hodgson, there are doubts that Jack Wilshere will be available for the double-header because of an ankle problem.
Captain Steven Gerrard may only get limited time on the pitch due to a hip problem and Michael Carrick could be left out because of a calf injury.
That leaves Hodgson with the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at 19-year-old Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.
West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison is another midfielder who is pushing for a call-up following his impressive start to the season for his club.
Danny Welbeck has been carrying a knee injury while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are not yet back to full fitness, so there is the possibility that Wilfried Zaha, Raheem Sterling and West Brom's Saido Berahino could also be involved.
Tottenham's Aaron Lennon and Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson are available after recovering from their injury problems.