Townsend had enjoyed a great season for Tottenham, but missed the World Cup through injury.
The winger said: “I was told by a specialist that I would need an operation on the ankle. You feel like it's the end of the world. I'd gone from nowhere to being in line for a place at the World Cup and it's difficult to take.
“You never know if you'll be involved in another one. It feels like your life has come crashing down.”
Townsend, now 23, made 33 appearances for the Lilywhites last term, scoring two goals and registering five assists. At the beginning of the campaign he put in some excellent performances, breaking onto the international scene at the same time.
He was in line to continue his impressive season at the World Cup, but an ankle injury suffered towards the end of term campaign ruled him out of Roy Hodgson’s plans. Despite England’s struggles in Brazil, with just one point gained from three fixtures, the winger is clearly disappointed he was not involved.
However, he states that he may never get to play in another tournament, but due to his age that is unlikely. He is sure to be in-and-around the international set-up for at least two more tournaments, and he never fails to impress when turning out for England.
He may have suffered a disappointing end to last season, having to sit out of the trip to Brazil, but Townsend’s international chances are still laid out in front him - with World Cup appearances almost guaranteed to come about.