Andros Townsend’s World Cup dream ended earlier this month when the winger was told he would miss this summer’s tournament in Brazil due to an ankle injury. The player faces up to ten weeks out with ligament damage and after an impressive debut for the full national side, Townsend was hoping to be included in Roy Hodgson’s 23 man squad.

It’s an obvious blow for the Tottenham midfielder but he revealed that a conversation with England’s head coach has boosted his spirits ahead of an uncomfortable summer.

“I’m devastated to get injured in a World Cup year and not be available for selection, but I had the operation last week and hopefully I can get back for pre-season,” Townsend said.

“Roy gave me a call and said I’ve got time on my side and he is looking forward to welcoming me back into the fold when I’m fit. I was down and to hear that cheered me up a bit.”

At club level, Spurs fans weren’t entirely convinced by a player who showed undoubted pace without any real end product but overall this can be classed as a breakthrough season at White Hart Lane. However, after Tim Sherwood’s sacking yesterday, Andros Townsend has to start again and impress a new manager ahead of the 2014/15 season.




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