Photo: Townsend claims Buffon shirt after wonder goal for England

Andros Townsend

The Tottenham star was one of a number of players from the North London club who impressed against Italy.

Andros Townsend's reward for his special strike for England that drew them level against Italy in Turin wasn't just the morning headlines in the national newspapers, but also the right to claim Gianluigi Buffon's goalkeeping jersey at the end of the game

It was a moment that was picked up by Townsend's father Troy, who proudly retweeted the picture after it had appeared on Twitter.

Buffon's shirt will likely be one of Townsend's most treasured memento's from his career, with the Italian widely thought of as one of the top goalkeepers the game has ever seen.

The gesture from the Azzurri skipper, who appeared happy to congratulate Townsend for the quality of the strike, was a wonderful moment at the end of the game, and would have delighted Spurs fans who were surely beaming as the final whistle went.

Ryan Mason, making his debut for the national team, was the one who played the ball through to Townsend for his wonder goal, a move that has been developed over years playing together in the Tottenham youth teams. Kyle Walker also made his return to the England side, coming on for the second half.

It meant that a Spurs man made headlines for the second successive England game, coming hot on the heels of star striker Harry Kane's debut goal against Lithuania less than a week ago.

Kane himself put in a mature performance against Giorgio Chiellini, playing the full 90 minutes and linking up well with England captain Wayne Rooney. He too tested Buffon with a couple of customary long range strikes. 

But for once, it was Townsend who was the Tottenham star making headlines - much like he did 18 months ago when he burst onto the international stage with a similar right footed thunderbolt from distance, and surely a reminder to some dissenting Spurs fans that though he can be frustrating at times, Townsend is a real talent.

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