Spurs star Andros Townsend relives wonder goal against Buffon

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The Londoner will be hoping to get more game time for his county in England's upcoming games against Ireland and Slovenia.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has certainly managed to save his best for when he turns out for England, and he described his most recent impressive contribution to Roy Hodgson's side in an interview on the FA's website.

Despite finding his position in the Three Lions squad questioned in recent fixtures, the White Hart Lane graduate turned up off the bench in England's last game to grab the headlines against one of football's iconic goalkeepers.

England were playing against Italy in Turin, the home of Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon, and they were trailing to the 37-year-old and his teammates as the game entered the final 10 minutes.

Picking the ball up off fellow Spur Ryan Mason, Townsend provided a timely reminder of what he can do by doing what few could hope for against Buffon, smashing an outstanding long range shot home to level the match.

The goalkeeper is Italy's record cap holder with 147, and continues to star in club football too, as he is set to feature for Juve in Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona.

"I knew it was a friendly, the manager had six subs to use and that, if it wasn’t going our way, maybe he might call upon me," he told the FA website.

"So I was ready, and luckily enough he brought me on and I scored an important goal.

"It’s a huge buzz to score for England, no matter who the opposition is, whether it’s San Marino or Italy.

"To come on and get a goal to earn a draw away in Italy – against one of the best goalkeepers who has ever played the game – I was on a high for a good few days after that.

"For me to score against a goalkeeper like Buffon, who is playing in the Champions League Final, is massive for my confidence."

Townsend has certainly been in good goalscoring form for his country, having netted 3 times in 7 international games.

Perhaps it would be better if the 23-year-old faced a 'keeper of Buffon's class every week, as his form for Spurs, which has been patchy at best this season, is some way off the influence he has managed to have in England games.

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