Townsend signs new four-year deal at Tottenham
Villas-Boas backs England winger to deal with new stardom
England international Andros Townsend has signed a new four-year deal at Tottenham. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
England winger Andros Townsend has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 22-year-old has come to prominence both on and off the field recently and his fine start to the Premier League season saw him called up by Roy Hodgson for their two vital World Cup qualifiers.
Townsend scored on his full international debut against Montenegro last Friday before winning a second cap against Poland on Tuesday as England qualified for the World Cup finals in Brazil next year.
Tottenham stated on their website: “We are delighted to announce that Andros Townsend has signed a new four-year contract with the club.”
Townsend has made eight Premier League appearances this season for Spurs after picking up valuable top-flight experience at QPR in the second half of the last campaign.
Prior to the 2013/14 season, Townsend had made 18 appearances for the White Hart Lane club, scoring three goals.
While his on-field contribution has seen him take centre stage, Townsend has also found himself caught up in the row over Hodgson’s half-time joke during the match against Poland.
Hodgson made a quip about a monkey in space to illustrate why his players should give the ball to Townsend but was forced to apologise on Thursday after claims it was racist.
Townsend, whose father Troy is the mentoring manager for anti-racism group Kick It Out, wrote on Twitter: “I don’t know what all this fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken! It’s not even news worthy!”
It did, though, overshadow England’s qualification and continues to rumble on with the Football Association expressing its full support for Hodgson.
Troy Townsend admitted there had been a spectrum of emotions, telling Sky Sports News: “The goal on Friday night gave us an amazing feeling and I thought he was absolutely fantastic in the hotbed of Tuesday.
“It’s hard to put into words how we felt at the time and we’re immensely proud of him.
“The nation were quite rightly proud of their side, two important games, we reached our goal of the World Cup but unfortunately there was no time to enjoy that feeling...before the very next day we are talking about something a little bit different.
“There’s disappointment. It’s a nightmare. It’s been difficult for us at Kick if Out. I’m not sure people fully understand our role. We have an obligation to report incidents that happen and we’ve done that regardless of whether it’s international or grass-roots level.
“It’s particularly difficult for me having involvement on both sides. We should be concentrating on the glories of both games.”
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has no doubt Townsend will be able to shoulder the pressure of being England’s next big thing.