An exciting England debut for Andros Townsend [Photo: Jav The_DoC_66]

Andros Townsend – Goal And Man Of The Match On England Debut


 

Andros Townsend, the surprise selection by Roy Hodgson for England’s vital World Cup qualifying game repaid the manager’s faith in him with a goal and an outstanding performance to be ‘Man of the Match’ on his debut in the team’s 4 – 1 victory over Montenegro at Wembley.

Townsend was a constant threat to the Montenegro defence with his pace and running, creating chances for others and having the confidence to strike at goal himself. With Kyle Walker behind him at right-back, Townsned and his Tottenham team-mate provided pace and power on the right. In an early run, cutting in from the right Townsend provided the opportunity for Wayne Rooney to set up a goalscoring chance.

Such was the threat from Townsend that Montenegro had two defenders on him which left space for England to exploit. Walker also contributed to the team’s attacking intentions and started a move which ended with a shot from Steven Gerrard being saved by the goalkeeper.

Towards the end of the first half Rooney laid off the ball for Townsend to go on a run on the right wing. His shot was parried by the goalkeeper but Rooney put the loose ball into the side netting.

Still scoreless at the interval, Townsend had been England’s liveliest player and it didn’t take long in the second half for England to take advantage of Townsend’s running as he started the move on the right which led to the opening goal from Rooney after 49 minutes.

Walker blotted his copybook with a booking for a foul shortly after which means he will miss the final match against Poland on Tuesday.

Townsend had a low shot saved from a short Baines’ corner before England added their second through an own goal. Montenegro pulled a goal back after 70 minutes but 8 minutes later, Townsend crowned his evening with a lovely goal. He picked up the ball in midfield and ran past the defenders and from 20m yards he hit a serving, curling shot past the goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, Townsend goes off and in the final minute England added a fourth with a penalty from Sturridge.

It was an exciting debut from Andros Townsend who showed how far he has progressed in the past year. Roy Hodgson admitted that it was a gamble to start with Townsend but was delighted with his performance. The England manager’s comments on the Tottenham winger were reported in the Daily Mail,

He made a big impact and he got man of the match. It can’t be easy for a young player making his debut in a game of this nature, but he deserves credit. He played with a calmness and composure I’ve seen when he’s played for QPR and Tottenham

The manager of Montenegro acknowledged the contribution of Townsend to England’s success, admitting that he had made the difference. He said,

Townsend’s really a high quality player and very fast. England were very fast all night, and it was hard to defend against their wingers. We had problems with their pace. That’s why they won.

The win means that England remain top of Group H a point ahead of Ukraine and if they beat Poland on Tuesday evening at Wembley, they will qualify for the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer. England will need to win as Ukraine travel to play San Marino and it would be a major upset if they failed to take the three points. It was a good evening for Andros Townsend, Roy Hodgson and England with World Cup qualification still in their own hands.

 

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  • Surespur

    Amazing debut by Townsend. He has matured incredibly over the past year and I wasn’t hugely surprised when he was selected to start the game. His performance last night and the praise he has rightly received will be a massive boost to his confidence. If he can keep his feet on the ground and develop his final product, which I’m sure he will, I think we have player here who has the ability to become another Bale for us.

    • Logan Holmes

      I was surprised that Andros was selected, had expected Roy Hodgson to take the more cautious approach. A great debut and goal – a real boost to his confidence with the imminent return to fitness of Aaron Lennon and increased competition at Tottenham. Hope he can build on the good start he’s made to the season and that’s some target you’ve set for him. COYS!

      • Surespur

        It’s hope over expectation, but I believe the potential is there. There is also a great coaching set up behind him, so although it’s important not to over-hype or set excessive expectations, all the ingredients are there for him to succeed.

        • Logan Holmes

          He’s always been regarded highly and perhaps now we’re starting to see that potential develop fully.

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