Newcastle United fans look for positives as Andros Townsend is cut from England squad

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

The Magpies winger was included in the preliminary 26-man squad but has been left out of the final group.

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

The news for which many Newcastle United fans had perhaps been bracing themselves arrived on Tuesday afternoon as it was confirmed that Andros Townsend has been cut from the final England squad for Euro 2016 next month.

Since moving to St. James' Park from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window the winger has been in impressive form for the relegated side, scoring four goals in 11 appearances.

He had been rewarded for his displays with a recall to the England set-up by being named in Roy Hodgson's 26-man preliminary squad for the tournament in France, and played 14 minutes as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Australia on Friday.

England's Danny Rose and Andros Townsend during training

However, with Hodgson needing to cut three players from his final squad, the former Spurs man has been one of the three unfortunate stars to be left out, along with Leicester City man Danny Drinkwater and Manchester City's Fabian Delph.

It will be a huge blow for Townsend, who has scored three goals in 11 caps for the England senior side but has never featured at the finals of a major tournament.

Understandably, many Newcastle fans were furious with the omission of the man who has become a firm fan favourite at St. James' Park.

England's Andros Townsend in action with Australia's Matt McKay 

However, for other Magpies supporters there was a clear light at the end of the tunnel, with the hope that the fact their star man will be out of the spotlight this summer will mean he is still at St. James' Park when the transfer window closes soon after the start of the Championship season.

 

Andros Townsend scores the first goal for Newcastle

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