After a debut to remember for Andros Townsend, we look at how the fans reacted to his performance for England.
Speaking after England’s 4-1 victory over Montenegro last night, manager Roy Hodgson said, “We agonised over selecting Andros Townsend. But we envisaged something and it came off.”
In his typically understated fashion, the England boss took all the excitement of the fans and condensed it into a perfect sound-bite.
After a lacklustre first half, Townsend helped set up Wayne Rooney’s 49th-minute opener. And just as the visitors threatened to turn the game on its head with a comfortable 2-0 lead suddenly halved, the Spurs winger scored a third of such magnificence it could not have been written any better.
This was, after all, his debut. And while putting his name on the team-sheet was a risk, it is now a necessity.
The fearlessness of youth shone through in everything he did, with confidence aplenty and talent to back it up. And when he left the field with 10 minutes still to play, you knew his fan club had suddenly and significantly grown from the Tottenham faithful to everyone who has an interest in the national team.
With a pass accuracy of 89%, he out-did the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in that regard. He also had the joint highest shots on target along with Danny Welbeck, and completed more dribbles than any other player on the pitch.
In short, Townsend was a risk that proved to be anything but. And while his teammates praised him following the match, his fans did the same.
We took to Twitter and have published a selection of thoughts on the 22-year-old’s performance below:
Just seen @andros_townsend goal from last night again. Can't believe that was on his non-preferred foot. What a debut for the Spurs lad!— Dave (@Dave11_THFC) October 12, 2013
*Adjusts rating for Andros Townsend from 8 to 9.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) October 11, 2013
Really impressed with andros Townsend looks like he's gonna be a class act— Samuel Pye (@SamuelPye) October 12, 2013
Andros who? Andros Townsend thats WHO!!!!!! #upthehotspurs