Andros Townsend came on as a sub after 75 minutes in last night’s 2-1 England win over a good Australia side at the Stadium of Light and he made a few good dashing runs down the right wing in the final 15 minutes.
As soon as he came on he was booed by the Sunderland supporters and the commentator on Fox Sports, Martin Tyler, quickly explained that was because he plays for rivals Newcastle United.
And then said but that wouldn’t be for long, with Newcastle just relegated and Andros had a £8M release clause in his contract.
Andros Townsend – in action for England last night
And that negative reaction from Sunderland fans was because Newcastle and Sunderland fans have one thing in common – they are obsessed by Newcastle.
Andros was the first Newcastle player to represent England for six years since Andy Carroll played and this is how he reacted when told about that:
“I didn’t know, but obviously I’m grateful because I owe a lot to Newcastle for getting me playing Premier League football again and getting me back in the England squad.”
“So I owe it to them, and hopefully I did Newcastle proud when I came on.”
The 24 year-old was then asked how confident he was of making the final squad of 23 for England:
“I’m not too sure.” “You’ll have to ask the manager, but listen, I got 10 to 15 minutes, I’ve done what I can, and if it’s not enough, then so be it.”
“But if it is, then I’ll be delighted.” “Obviously, the manager has named a 26-man squad, and everyone’s been fighting to make the cut.”
“Everyone’s the same and wants to be there, and luckily I’ve got to come on and stake my claim and see what happens.”
“It was fantastic news about Benitez,” “Obviously, it’s no secret how well the manager did towards the end of last season.”
“How well he got us playing and also how he got me playing well as well and getting me back to the form I’ve shown.”
“I’m delighted he’s signed on for the next three years.”
That sounds very positive from Townsend, and he has already thanked Benitez for making him a better player.
But we still cannot be sure he will stay on to play in England’s second division, but there again the persuasive powers of Rafa Benitez are well known.
And Roy Hodgson has already said playing for Newcastle in the second division next season will not impact Townsend being picked for England – so that was good news.
Andros is definitely one of the players Rafa will want to keep on Tyneside and the two of them seem to have a fantastic relationship.
We’d be very surprised if Andros left us this summer.
What do you think?