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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Andros Townsend says his first England call-up is a “fantastic reward” for his recent form with Tottenham – but he is not getting carried away as he links up with the national team.
The 22-year-old winger exploded onto the scene during his loan spell with QPR in the Premier League last season – and he has picked up where he left off after rejoining Spurs.
Townsend scored the opener and set up the second and third goals in the 5-0 Europa League victory away at Dinamo Tbilisi, and he then won the penalty which secured a 1-0 home win over Swansea in Spurs’ second Premier League game.
In doing so, he has caught the eye of Roy Hodgson, who has called him up to the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Moldova on Friday and Ukraine next Tuesday.
“It’s a fantastic reward for my start to the season but I know I’m not the finished article,” said Townsend. “I’ve got to go there and prove myself and hopefully I can get my first cap.
“It’s always good to go away with such fantastic, world-class players, learn from them, get tips off them, and it’s nice to have recognition for doing so well at your club.
“It’s a good confidence boost but I’m not getting carried away - I still need to work hard. Hopefully I can do well and impress the manager.
“Of course it’s a surprise but I had a good six months at QPR and I’ve made a good start this season. The England manager saw a few of my games last season so I knew I was on his radar.
“Of course I’m shocked but I feel I deserve it for the way I played last season at QPR. Going there last season really matured me. I’ve come back this season and I’m ready to play and be involved. The manager has put faith in me in the first few games and I’m looking to continue that.”
Townsend was in Spurs’ starting line-up for their biggest game of the season so far on Sunday as the Lilywhites went down 1-0 to Arsenal in the north London derby at the Emirates.
He admits that the defeat was hard to take, but feels there were encouraging signs from a new-look Tottenham outfit.
“Everyone’s down in the dumps,” he said. “A loss to your rivals does that to you but we can be upbeat after that performance. There were positive signs with a relatively new squad so after the international break we’ll move on from this and build again.
“We took the game to Arsenal, looked to go there and make things happen but, when you do that, Arsenal pick you off. We got caught on the counter and that’s how they got the goal.
“We’re a new squad so don’t quite know the runs as yet, but that will come. We kept the ball well and got the ball in the final third. It was just the final pass or shot that let us down but that will come.
“One game doesn’t make a season. We’ve got 35 more games and we have to play the way we did at the weekend and in the first two games, and I’m sure we’ll be up there at the end of the season.
“It’s not just about Arsenal. We play two games against them and there are 36 others. There are three new signings who didn’t start the game - Erik Lamela came on, we’ve got players to come back and Aaron Lennon is injured, so there are still positive signs. We’ve got six points out of the first nine, we’ll take that now and build after the international break.”
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