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Hilarious what Andros Townsend now saying about England after what he said when deserting Newcastle United

2 years ago
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It has always amazed me that Andros Townsend avoided so much of the stick when the rats deserted the sinking ship after Newcastle’s relegation in 2016.

Newcastle fans predictably slaughtered Moussa Sissoko who had made clear he was going to leave,

Whilst Wijnaldum and Janmaat were next in line after they also made clear they wouldn’t be sticking around and showing any loyalty.

As for Andros Townsend, we had plenty of crocodile tears from him, how much he would have loved to stay but, but, but…it was all about Andros Townsend.

He was in a desperate position at Tottenham, totally sidelined from the first team picture by Pochettino, not a league start for 10 months and his career going nowhere.

Then Newcastle came along at the end of January 2016 and paid a massive £14m, considering he had achieved next to nothing so far in his career.

Only 12 starts later (plus one as sub), he jumped ship and asked the Newcastle fans to understand because he had to look after himself.

Both he and his dad went public in saying a big reason why he had to leave Newcastle was to help him with England.

It was Newcastle who had rescued his club and country career, got him playing again and back into the England squad, only just missing out on the 2016 Euros.

Despite this, his lack of loyalty largely went unpunished at the time due to more visible villains such as Moussa Sissoko.

However, nice to see that Andros Townsend has been suitably rewarded for his lack of loyalty, since leaving Newcastle he has had a total of 43 minutes playing for England and  hasn’t made a squad since November 2016, four months after deserting Newcastle and now 16 months ago.

With zero chance of being in Russia this summer, reality is hitting home for Andros Townsend, the winger wonder if he will ever get another call-up.

He was a fool to himself, when leaving he said how much Rafa Benitez had helped him…only to then say Alan Pardew was the manager to take his game to ‘another level’!

Under Rafa Benitez, Townsend scored four goals in 13 league appearances to help get back in the England set-up, for Crystal Palace it has been five PL goals in 65 league appearances in the 21 months since he jumped ship on Tyneside. No wonder Gareth Southgate has zero interest in him.

Even in this latest interview, Andros Townsend points out that he went from nowhere in Spurs’ reserve team to great form for Newcastle and back in the England squad.

Maybe the penny is at last dropping for the player to realise where he would have been better off, if only he hadn’t thought of himself, and not the club, fans and manager who had given him a chance and such great support.

Andros Townsend talking to the Express:

“I believe in my ability and that I can get into the England squad again.

“But when you are towards the bottom of the league you have to do something special to get in.

“My last cap was at 25.

“To not get another would be disappointing…

“But I cherish every cap I won.

“Thirteen caps is a lot more than most get.

“It’s no secret that I owe a lot to Roy Hodgson because he gave me my first caps. I am extremely grateful to him…and at club level he has given me the confidence to keep going.

“We have not [recently] spoken about it [being left out of Hodgson’s 2016 Euros squad], the last time we spoke about that was when he told me his decision.

“At the time, I was devastated because I was in great form for Newcastle.

“But six months before that I was playing for Spurs reserves. That put things into perspective.”

Andros Townsend after deserting Newcastle – July 2016:

“I was loved by the fans and the manager was getting the best out of me, but at the end of the day I needed Premier League football at this stage in my career.

“So then it was sitting down and finding the right club for me and I think that was the easiest decision out of the lot of them.

“Hopefully he (Alan Pardew) can take my game to another level and build on the great start to the season they had last year.

“It was a pretty easy decision to choose Crystal Palace because of the direction they are heading.”

Andros Townsend – October 2016:

“It was extremely difficult to leave Newcastle but football is a short career and sometimes you use your head as opposed to your heart.

“England featured in that decision. Roy Hodgson said it didn’t matter if I was playing in the Premier League or Championship but when he lost his job it was also maybe a factor.

“I proved at Newcastle I am still good enough to play in the Premier League. It gave me great confidence again and I got back in the England squad.

“I think I am in a good place again, I am happy with my form and I am playing well. That is all that matters in my head.”

“I really enjoyed my time at Newcastle, I make no secret of that. It did cross my mind to stay but I need to be playing Premier League football if I want to make the most of my career.

“A year taking a step back in the Championship when at Spurs I wasn’t as playing as much as I’d have liked to, I decided I couldn’t really do that. I made the tough decision, I’m happy to be at Palace now, everything is going well, so hopefully it was the right decision.”

Troy Townsend – Father of Andros – October 2016:

“Rafa Benitez did absolute wonders for him and ideally he would have loved to stay at the club….

“But if you are going to be noticed, if you are going to be recognised, obviously he had a massive disappointment (missing out on Euros) in the summer.

“If  you are going to get yourself back in that area where he wants to be, then unfortunately the Premier League is the only place to be.
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