Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend answered his critics in the best possible way.
Andros Townsend scored a stunning goal for England to answer his critics in the best way possible.
He scored from 25 yard out late in the second half to draw the Three Lions level away to Italy, having come on as a second half substitute for Fabian Delph.
His goal led to Spurs teammate Aaron Lennon, currently on loan at Everton, sending him a message of congratulations via Twitter to pick up after the game.
Former teammate John Bostock, presently playing his football in Belgium, also lauded his strike as did another Spurs loanee Tom Carroll.
Townsend's inclusion in the squad had been widely criticised ahead of the international fixtures, with former Arsenal star Paul Merson particularly vociferous.
He had told SkySports he felt that if Townsend could get in the England squad then anybody could, referencing his poor display away to Manchester United in mid-March.