Townsend thinks the one month ban helped him strive for success.
One of the most highly rated players in the Premier League currently is Tottenham Hotspur and now England star, Andros Townsend.
At 22-years-old the winger could be considered something of a late bloomer when compared to other aces for club and country, but now the Englishman has found form there seems to be nothing able to stop the midfielder.
A run in the Spurs first team – despite so much talent at manager Andre Villas-Boas’ disposal – plus a first cap and goal for the national team, is in stark contrast to the betting ban Townsend received earlier in the year whilst on-loan at QPR.
Hoops boss Harry Redknapp knew of the starlet’s talent from when the 66-year-old was in charge of Tottenham, but whilst at Loftus Road the winger was caught betting on matches that involved the north London club.
Townsend now says that the difficult period that followed has helped the player go onto achieve the success now being shown at White Hart Lane and beyond.
“Last summer was bad for me. I had the chance to go to the Under-21s tournament and obviously, it didn’t happen,” the midfield ace was quoted by the Telegraph.
“But it gave me the chance to relax, to think about the season ahead, to get my head right – I have come back stronger. That’s what I had planned to do.
“I never dreamt I would be playing week-in, week-out for my club as well as having two caps for England under my belt.
“It has been fantastic, beyond my expectations. But now it’s down to me to keep my performances going.”
After helping the Three Lions to victory over Montenegro and then Poland – and therefore qualification for the World Cup – over the past 10 days, Townsend should be on the plane to Brazil next summer if the performances for Spurs continue as they are.
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