With the future of Rafa Benitez still hanging in the balance, Andros Townsend has pledged his support to the Newcastle manager.

Townsend says that since Rafa replaced the failing Steve McClaren, the new manager has taken the winger’s game ‘to another level’.

Having been named in Roy Hodgson’s 26 man England squad, Andros Townsend is counting on making the final cut when three will be dropped.

Having seen injuries to Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain, plus seeing off the challenge of Theo Walcott, it looks nailed on that Andros Townsend will be going to France this summer.

The winger says that this is ‘every young boy’s dream’ and says he would be ‘proud to do so representing Newcastle’ in the Euros.

Having been frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane and Townsend says that when it comes to Newcastle United he ‘can’t thank them enough’.

Impressing with his attitude as well as ability, Andros Townsend almost proved to be the key player in keeping Newcastle United up but it was a job too far even for him.

With Rafa Benitez reportedly on his way towards agreeing to remain at St James Park, it would be then Andros Townsend who you would desperately want to see kept at Newcastle, a way for the player to really show his appreciation to the fans and Rafa Benitez.

Andros Townsend talking to the official NUFC website:

“From my performances over the last couple of months – and the team’s performances – I knew I could do a good job for England, if selected – but you can’t take anything for granted and you don’t know what the national manager is thinking.

“All you can do is keep playing well on the pitch and hope that your good form is being noticed.

“I’m delighted that the manager noticed and recalled me to the squad.

“I was a bit surprised because I haven’t been involved in the last few squads, but I was extremely delighted and it’s a huge honour to be called up.

“The hard work starts now. I’ve got two weeks to try and force my way into the final 23.

“It’s no secret that I hadn’t been getting too much game time over the past season and a bit. Newcastle took a chance on me, brought me to the Club and I can’t thank them enough.

“Ever since the manager (Rafa Benitez) came in, you can see that he has taken my game to another level.

“I’m hugely grateful and if I get the opportunity to go to the Euros, I will be proud to do so representing Newcastle.

“It would be a dream come true, it’s every young boy’s dream to grow up and go on to play at a major tournament for their country, and I am no different.

“It would be the best achievement of my career so far but there is still a long way to go and a lot of hard work. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will make the final 23.

“Playing for England and pulling on that shirt is a huge honour. You are deemed to be one of the 23 best English players, to represent your country in any sport is the highlight of your career.

“Hopefully I can add to my 10 caps over this summer.”