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Townsend Reacts To Being Named In England Squad

12:25 pm, Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

Andros Townsend became the first Newcastle player for a while to be called up by England – and he will get his chance to make the final 23 man squad for the Euro 2016 Tournament in France next month.

Andros was named in the 26 man squad announced by England manager Roy Hodgson earlier today to play three friendlies before the squad is cut to 23 players.

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Andros Townsend in action against Aston Villa

Here’s what Andros sent out on his Twitter account when the news came through.

Tags: England News · Euro 2016 · European Competition · International News · Newcastle News · Other News

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 PUMMELLER // May 16, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Very much deserved and even without my Newcastle bias I would have him in the final 23. Looked a class act since we got him and always looks dangerous.
    Good right and left foot and a final product,
    Wish his curled right footer found the top corner yesterday!
    Did you see him begging to take the penalty?!
    Guy was desperate to score against Tottenham

  • 3 Belfast // May 16, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Well deserved Andros, but Jack Wilshire though ? That’s a piss take.

  • 4 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Hopefully Andros will remember what an opportunity playing for Newcastle United has given him after being in the doldrums at Spurs, and stick with us to keep his development going. If he leaves for a PL club he could quickly end up benched again.

  • 5 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    He should have taken the pen. It made a bit of sick come into my mouth when I saw wijnaldum step up for it. I just wanted him to stub his toe and fall over with his pants round his ankles.

  • 6 bettyswallocks // May 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Tsunki….. Did you notice our new number 9 trying to make a breakthrough ?

  • 7 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Wouldn’t be an England Manager if he didn’t take some token reputation-only players would he? 😉

  • 8 scout // May 16, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Delph is the strange one for me.

  • 9 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Betty? Which one, there were loads yesterday 🙂

  • 10 Belfast // May 16, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Was just about to say that scout. How many games has he played this season ?

  • 11 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    I hope the shop window works and the mercenary lazy payday toerags clear off out of it. Wijnaldum can drive the bus.

  • 12 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Don’t they have to make the final cut though?
    Hopefully Woy will use the occasion to finally nail the coffin lid on three suspects ha ha

  • 13 PUMMELLER // May 16, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    If we could have players turn up like that every week then we would have been fine. Sissoko the perfect example. Unplayable on his day (1 in 15) and not even a footballer the other days.
    Agreed on him leaving, Wini, Janmatt (see him wave to the fans? – definitely leaving) — all a waste of space.
    Needed a manager with the balls to drop them rather than Steve with his balls the size of an action man

  • 14 jayphoto // May 16, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    reckon keeping Andros depends on who comes in for him. The homegrown rule probably screws us as players like townesend may now attract an arsenal, Chelsea, man city when previously they may not.
    Similarly his price will make him attractive to everton, west ham and Southampton.
    Can’t see him leaving for anyone stoke or below. Playing for a Bournemouth or a Swansea etc won’t do him any international favours.
    We were 2nd bottom when he signed so surely playing in the championship would be something he thought about at the time

  • 15 bettyswallocks // May 16, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    I think Delph, Rashford and Henderson will miss out.

  • 16 Ron Knee // May 16, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    When asked about his future, Wijnaldum said: “I don’t know. I don’t think about that. I am devastated that we are relegated. That is all that is on my mind, I don’t think about it or other things. We will see what the future brings.”

    In other words, I’m off!

    Incredibly, 60% want him to stay.

  • 17 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    Jayphoto – Townsend was stuck in reverse and coming here has done the job for him. He would never have been even thought of let alone selected. I think it’s high time one of these ambitious young lads thought about what’s best for their career versus amassing money in the short term. He needs to be very careful about listening to his agent.

  • 18 Ron Knee // May 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    “Latest on Rafa: met Mike/Lee last night. Chatted for 2 hours. Talks with LC resumed this morning. Sounding positive at this stage #nufc”

  • 19 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    Ron 60% must be mackem weighted. The guy needs to go for the good of morale. He would show up for us when he was needed.

  • 20 PUMMELLER // May 16, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    All depends on Rafa. Many will decide their own futures based on his decision.
    Keeping Rafa shows a change in mentality and ambition. If he leaves then many may follow and rightly so

  • 21 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    There was a spurs fan cringing at watching the match yesterday who says they should have kept Townsend but understood why he went considering who he had to uproot to get into the side.

  • 22 bettyswallocks // May 16, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    Looks like young Sterry might be Janmaats replacement. Nice for him to make his debut in front of a full house with an atmosphere like that.

  • 23 jayphoto // May 16, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    gotta say, an 18 year old Rashford over Defoe and Carroll (both who have scored goals at international tournaments) shows a lot of whats wrong with the England set up.
    I’d argue theres a few players that should feel aggrieved at how many caps they have…
    Would say Cresswell was the best leftback in the league last year for me.
    Redmond looked very lively, Antonio at west ham another, mark noble has also done more than some!
    Henderson and Wilshire shouldn’t be in there.
    Too many players either sit on the bench for a big club or played well 2-4 years ago…
    Delph over drinkwater? shocker!
    Shawcross is a higher standard that many that have been called up in the past ahead of him.
    Cahill shouldn’t be anywhere near there after the season he had.
    No other nation picks like this! Spain did at last world cup and look where it got them! Germany on the other hand think nothing of playing players from lesser teams Italy have previously picked MLS players, France also will pick players from lesser teams. Its not good to go into a tournament with too many that are injured or out of form

  • 24 Ron Knee // May 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM


    Yes, and take Sissoko with him.

  • 25 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Jayphoto – agree with that. People might be getting tired of it, but the Leicester approach shows what picking a team that works together can do over picking fading stars with merit badges and media favourites.

    Hate to mention him but Sewpakev got overlooked for England because he was playing for the mackems, simple as. His stroke rate was formidable. Granted he had tough competition but he should have been in the England side a lot more often. But we had the likes of agbonlahor and all sorts of reputation based dross instead.

  • 26 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Strike rate. Oops. 😐

  • 27 robertsleftfoot // May 16, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Weak in centre of the Park, both Wilshere and Henderson coming back from lay offs.

    I feel Townsend has a real chance as Welbeck probably would have started on one of the wings. It is deserved he has put a shift in for last 10 games with us.

  • 28 banjax // May 16, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Will he stay or will he go ? After 2 hours of talks yesterday with Ashley which are said to have gone well and a further meeting today with Charnley, Rafa Benitez is certainly listening carefully to the changes the club are prepared to make to accommodate Rafa. I imagine Rafa and his representatives know exactly what authority and changes are needed to make Newcastle United a powerful force in the top tier of football so let us hope that Ashley gives Rafa what he needs.

  • 29 jayphoto // May 16, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    @tsunki – pretty sure Michael rickets and darius vassell made a few squads over Phillips which says a lot…
    Thing is, England could have a really great side.
    Vardy and Kane look like they have attributes to compliment each other. Vardys effort and pace makes him a no brainer for me. An English craig bellamy!
    Alli has a great link up with dier and kane, another no brainer in the side set up. Stones, cahill and smalling both prefer right centre, so its one or the other. I’d take terry as he leads and plays left centre.
    West Ham finished way above everton and have a good English core, Cresswell, Tomkins, carroll, Noble and Antonio all had exceptional seasons yet none got a look in… yet everton have had many call ups.
    England needs a manager that has a set up pick players that fit it! Too long now we’ve had managers that pick players and then try to squeeze them into something that works when its not ideal.

  • 30 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Jayphoto ha ha yes I was struggling to co.jure up those names.

    Unfortunately being the next Bassett has the expectations of not just the FA but the singular terror if our onerous media. It puts the willies up even the oldest soak to just try something innovative and just dispense with the press darlings. Problem is, nobody wants to be that man referred to in the future that left such-and-such out of the squad and then failed miserably. Shame really. No way would any Manager in the premier worth his salt pick a player who has been out for months and is evidently lacking match pace, for an important competition. But England managers are too scared of the media to do that.

  • 31 jayphoto // May 16, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    @Tsunki ironically the last man to do it was McClaren when he dropped Beckham.
    Can’t wait to see what Pardew does when he’s England manager! Danny welbeck at left back will be interesting! 😉

  • 32 Average_Contents // May 16, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    Delph is the easy one.

    He plays for citeh and they paid a lot for him so he must be good.

    Wiltshire AND henderson is a strange one. Out because of injury most of the season yet still get in off past reputations which imo they never lived upto anyway so well done woy.

  • 33 Average_Contents // May 16, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Well done to Townsend for getting in the squad, fully deserved.

  • 34 bettyswallocks // May 16, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    I can’t see why it should take much longer for Rafa to make his decision other than to see what other options he has available.

    He’s discussed things at length with Charnley and apparently met Ashley, so he has obviously asked them how much he has to spend, Is he going be given final say on all transfer matters, will he be able to restructure the training ground and the academy and can he reorganise the medical department. Other than establishing our aims and ambitions what more is there to discuss?

  • 35 lochinvar // May 16, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Townsend and Rafa had a bit of a hug after the Spurs match.
    When Rafa stays that could be very influential in keeping some emerging talent such as Townsend who want to play for him and who recognise that he could be very positive for their careers.If that happens other such as Aarons ,Darlow, Lsacalles should follow suit by being a large part of the next generation team at NUFC.
    If we can get well ahead in the Championship by Xmas – thats barely 5 months and by then players would know that we are on the up and we would have all the ingredients to deliver a great future fro all concerned -Rafa the players, the Club, The City and even Ashley ! Whats more the Premier League and Sky would benefit as well.

    Ashley maybe a gambling man – but this time he’s on a dead cert if he makes the right judgements.

    Townsend can be a real hero by stating his loyalty to the club and Rafa and his determination to takes us back up. Takes a big man to do that – aka John Wayne – so lets hope both he and Ashley have the round things to say so.

  • 36 lochinvar // May 16, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    “If everything isn’t black and white, I say, “Why the hell not?

    John Wayne

  • 37 Blackley and Brownlie // May 16, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    Good show from your boy Aarons yesterday.

  • 38 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 1:43 PM

    Betty I think.the sticking points will revolve around how diminished the role of Charnley will be, and the pensioning off of Carr. Both have to happen. Charnley needs to be an administrator and no more, oversee the merchandising, catering and all the overheads, but stay away from football related decisions unless they truly can’t afford what Benitez requires. And even then, allow Benitez to come up with the Plan B.

  • 39 Hail Wor Ashley // May 16, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Gut feeling is Townsend will stay, especially if Rafa does.

    Summer 2017 there aren’t any international tournaments, so if we go straight back up he has a whole season to get back in the set-up, providing England make it to the World Cup. If we storm the Championship and he continues to perform to the level he has, he probably won’t even be dropped from the squad despite being in the Championship.

  • 40 bettyswallocks // May 16, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Tsunki…… I assume Charnley will be kept on to do the day to day admin. Freddie Shepherd was quoted as saying he’s excellent at that job and knows the inner workings of the club better than anyone .Carr could do some scouting without having any influence on who Rafa decides to buy. There is a lot of mundane stuff to do behind the scenes and Rafa will need to have administrators and secretaries etc. As long as he has final say on football matters surely that’s all he needs to concern himself with. They either decide to give him control or they don’t. Here’s hoping.

  • 41 expatmag // May 16, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Ok here goes.

    If Rafa stays, he should build hus squad around the likes of Darlow, Woodman, Elliott, Sterry, Dummett, Mbabu, Mbemba, Haidara, Perez, Mitrovic, Toney, Aarons, Lascelles, Armstrong. Colback, Townsend, Anita

    Out should go Taylor, Cisse, Tiote, Janmaat, Sissoko, Gouffran, Krul, Cabella, Thauvin, Riviere, Doumbia, Ameobi, Vuckic

    Experience should be kept in Shelvey, Coloccini , De Jong and Saviet.

    I would keep Wijnaldum but lian him out for 12 months and if Townsend didnt want to play in the championship, offer him a similar arrangement.

    We could use funds generated from sales to buy the likes of Dunk from Brighton, Grealish from Villa, Redmond from Norwich etc snd maybe one or two experienced bsrgains.

  • 42 martoon // May 16, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley @39 – You make a very good point about Townsend in the fact that there is not an international tournament in 2017. He’s in the squad for the Euros so he’ll not miss anything by playing in the Championship for a year. I think if Rafa stays he could be persuaded to stay also but if we don’t get promoted in the first year then he and others will be away and really you can’t blame them – as football is a relatively short career.

  • 43 Jib // May 16, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    If Benitez stays expect players from anywhere !
    Not only does he know the Spanish , Portuguese and Italian footy leagues inside out , he has major contacts all over South America !

  • 44 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Expat – Dummet colback and Anita will make good championship squad players but not to build a team around. Haidara I fear has been cobbled by mcmanamcnaman, so needs to move on.
    Of the experience part all of them should be taxi’d out first thing. Coloccini bottled it again with another mysterious injury, DeJong looks incapable of being fit, Soviet is evidently too poor to do anything and Shelvey has been found out to be very little of substance without heart pounding wingers and a solid set of defenders and a strong DM alongside. Sayonara.

  • 45 Tsunki // May 16, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Soviet. Another crumbling edifice belonging to the past.

  • 46 bettyswallocks // May 16, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Jib…… You’re up then. Could you not sleep? How’s yer heed?

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