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Newcastle Winger Unlucky – But Better Times Ahead

3:54 pm, Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

I just arrived at my hotel in Charlotte after travelling this morning from Raleigh – and I see that Andros Townsend has missed out on that England place for Euro 2016.


It’s really unfortunate that Andros  missed out and he has to be considered a little unlucky, but there again at the beginning of the year he had no chance, until he joined Newcastle.

So hopefully Andros will be willing to stay with us down below in the second division for a year – and he can become a real star player on Tyneside and play for the England side in the future.

andros townsend and Rafa Benitez

Andros Townsend – talking to Rafa Benitez

Danny Drinkwater and Andros are the two to be cut with Fabian Delph already ruled out with an injury so we will not be seeing a Newcastle man playing for England in France this summer – that’s a pity.

The pundits got it right since they were the two players mentioned most yesterday as the two likely to miss out.

It was hardly surprising that young exciting striker Marcus Rashford made it, but it’s a risk with Daniel Sturridge, simply because of his poor injury record.

And Jack Wilshire hasn’t played all season for Arsenal, so there has to be doubts about his match fitness – not sure he’s that good to be included in the squad after missing the whole season through injury.

Here’s the full England squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley).

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Tags: Andros Townsend · Euro 2016 · European Competition · International News · Newcastle News

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 31, 2016 at 3:56 PM


    For me, this is his last chance at a tournament. 2004 was the last time he played well at one, until ronaldo got him sent off. The fact is, since he is captain, he is going to be playing, no matter what anyone thinks of him.

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // May 31, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    Probably looking at something like:-


  • 3 Lilongwe Geordie // May 31, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Drinkwater is more unlucky than Townsend. He should be in ahead of one of Wilshere or Henderson. Townsend probably missed out in favour of Rashford who has stayed in as cover for Sturridge, and also has the ability to play wide of a front 3.

    I think Roy probably has it about right, other than Drinkwater.

  • 4 Bobbybee // May 31, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    YCMIU, aye, you’re probably right, he will play, but it may well come back to haunt us.

  • 5 Bobbybee // May 31, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Lil, i often wonder how Henderson gets in any team, let alone England. If there’s a player who passes sideways and backwards more than him, i’ve yet to see them.

  • 6 NUFC FOR SALE // May 31, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Shocking decision by Hodgson.

    Rashford has been picked by the Man Utd loving media

    Did they watch the Australia game?

    Apart from the scrappy goal he was hopless…looked liked a kid which is what he is……shocking decision Roy

  • 7 NoahJ // May 31, 2016 at 5:32 PM


    we all know if townsend played like that for man u, he would certainly be in the England squad; we all know if rashford played for us, he wouldn’t be in the England squad.

    the wilshere decision alone is baffling

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