England play Australia at the Stadium of Light tomorrow and the England team are staying at the Gateshead Hilton, which is just across the River Tyne from the Newcastle quayside – so Andros Townsend is back in the north-east again.
And there is some good news for Newcastle fans today as England manager Roy Hodgson has told Andros Townsend that playing for Newcastle in the Championship will not affect his England chances next season.
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This is what Roy has said about the 24 year-old talented Newcastle winger playing in England’s second division:
“It doesn’t impact on his International career in any particular way,”
“The main thing after such a serious injury and the fact that when he recovered he wasn’t getting a regular game for his club, Tottenham Hotspur was for Andros to play for a manager who believed in him.”
“He’s been given that chance first by Steve McClaren and then Rafa Benitez and it’s given us with that slightly enlarged squad to take a look at him.”
“I picked him when he wasn’t playing for any senior team at all – he was just sitting on the bench or in the reserves at Tottenham Hotspur and I’ve done that for a few players.”
“But for him to be in the England team he needs to be the Andros Townsend we’ve seen in the past.”
“We would need an awful lot more English talent in the Premier League before we got to the stage of leaving players out because they were playing in another division.”
Andros Townsend has been a revelation since he came to Newcastle in January and especially since Rafa Benitez arrived to manage the side in March – he has been tremendous.
Townsend had four goals and two assists for Newcastle and finished second top of our Man of the Match poll with 33% of the vote, behind only goalkeeper Rob Elliot on 41% – so the fans certainly thought he was great once he arrived from Tottenham.
Hopefully, this will convince Andros to stay on Tyneside for next season and help us come straight back up to the Premier League.
Joining Newcastle was the main reason he is now in the England squad of 26 and has a very good chance of making the final squad of 23 for the Euro 2016 Championships next month in France.