Tottenham winger Townsend delighted with dream England role
Wednesday 16 October 2013
Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has revealed his disbelief at the way the new season has developed, TalkSport has reported, after establishing himself first under Andre Villas-Boas at club level, and then playing a starring role as England sealed a place at the World Cup.
Townsend had been farmed out on loan repeatedly prior to Villas-Boas giving him an opportunity at White Hart Lane, making nine temporary moves - including spending the second half of last season with Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers. Townsend was unable to keep QPR up but his performances impressed Villas-Boas enough to be rewarded with a place in the Spurs squad for the current campaign.
Having been named in Tottenham’s team on a regular basis, Townsend was then called up to the England party by Roy Hodgson, and handed a debut against Montenegro on Friday. Townsend scored as England won 4-1 and took a step towards qualification for Brazil 2014, with Townsend again starting as progress was assured on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Poland.
“At the start of the season I could never have dreamed this, playing for my club regularly and getting my first two caps for England,” Townsend said. “It’s been a dream come true really, but I can’t let it get to my head, I’ve got to keep playing well and keep my head down,” he added.
Townsend is now hopeful of being part of the 23-man squad that travels to South America next summer, but knows he has to keep performing to earn his place. “If I want to be on that plane I’ve got to keep playing well for Tottenham and if I’m selected again I’ve got to keep playing well for my country,” he said.
“It’s not going to be easy. I’ve got a tough six months ahead, competing with some top players for the right wing position at Spurs. I’ve got a tough year in front of me, but I’m relishing it.”
Townsend has made only 26 appearances in his career for Tottenham but by virtue of his many loan spells, has played well over 100 times in English football. He has yet to score a league goal for Spurs but does have 15 goals to his name through his career as a whole.
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