Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Delighted to Be Here, Newcastle Is a Fantastic Club with Great Fans, a Great Stadium and Great Tradition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm Delighted to Be Here, Newcastle Is a Fantastic Club with Great Fans, a Great Stadium and Great Tradition

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

WHEN Andros Townsend dazzled a big Wembley crowd on his England debut three years ago he was regarded as hot property in the Premier League.

After helping put Roy Hodgson's side firmly on their way to Brazil for the World Cup finals during a 4-1 win over Montenegro, it looked like the sky was the limit for the Londoner.

That night, Townsend put in what Hodgson called a "dream display" and proved he had great goals in his locker.

A stunning 20-yard effort which left TV pundit Paul Merson eating his words after the ex-Arsenal man had stated he should be "nowhere near" the England set-up. Unfortunately, for Townsend, injury woe was to follow and the winger was ruled out of the World Cup finals in Brazil with an ankle problem.

It meant Townsend was left as gutted as the rest of the nation as England crashed out of the tournament at the first hurdle.

The following season he returned to make 39 appearances for Tottenham and played in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley but his side went down 2-0 to Chelsea.

It was not the same type of occasion as some of his England displays as he was substituted in the second half before trudging up the famous steps for a runners-up medal.

Yet if that campaign was to prove a slight disappointment, what has unfolded since must make his switch to St James' Park feel like a new lease of life.

After a fall-out with the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, Townsend was relegated to the reserves with Tottenham and has been plying his trade with the club's under-21s since October.

Townsend will hope former England boss Steve McClaren can bring out the best in him again.

At just 24 he arrives at Newcastle hoping his best years are ahead of him.

For now, he has big job to do - starting at Goodison Park next Wednesday in a crunch clash with Everton. …

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