Friday night saw Andros Townsend visiting Wearside as England took on Australia in the final friendly match before Roy Hodgson cuts his squad down from 26 to the final 23.
Surprisingly, the Newcastle winger wasn’t given a start by Roy Hodgson last night, having sat out the full 90 minutes when England faced Turkey last Sunday.
However, he did get 15 minutes as a late sub against the Aussies and made the very most of it.
Andros Townsend added pace and directness to England, repeatedly taking on his man and beating him, a carry on from his late season form with Newcastle.
The United player said afterwards that he hopefully ‘did Newcastle proud’ in his brief apperance.
He certainly did that, whilst it was also amusing that he did so to the backdrop of the hillbillies embarrassing themselves.
When Andros Townsend came on, the mackems in the crowd predictably booed him, which is fair enough because we would do the same in similar circumstances.
However, to then go on and boo every time Townsend touched the ball is just plain embarrassing, especially as he did so well when on the pitch.
So a 2-1 victory for England and hopefully also a personal one for Andros Townsend ahead of the naming of the final 23 man squad.
“Obviously I’m grateful because I owe a lot to Newcastle for getting me playing Premier League football again and getting me back in the England squad.
“So I owe it to them and hopefully I did Newcastle proud when I came on.
Making the final 23 man Euros squad?:
“I’m not too sure, you will have to ask the manager.
“I got 10 to 15 minutes, I’ve done what I can, and if it’s not enough, then so be it – but if it is, then I’ll be delighted.
“ The manager has named a 26 man squad and everyone has been fighting to make the cut. Everybody’s the same and wants to be there, luckily I have got to come on and stake my claim and see what happens.”
Rafa Benitez staying:
“It was fantastic news and obviously it is no secret how well the manager did towards the end of last season.
“How well he got us playing and also how he got me playing well as well, getting me back to the form I’ve shown.”