Townsend hails QPR loan spell for improvement in form.
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is delighted to have earned a call-up to the senior England national team, according to the London Evening Standard.
The 22-year-old has found himself a more regular starter at Spurs this season after an impressive loan spell with Queens Park Rangers for the second half of last season, and his performances have not gone unnoticed by England manager Roy Hodgson.
Still uncapped at senior level, Townsend could find himself playing a part in his country’s upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine, and he feels this is a just reward for his recent form.
He also admitted he is excited at the prospect of playing alongside so many world class players in the England squad.
“The England manager saw a few of my games last season so I knew I was on his radar,” he said. “Of course I’m shocked but I feel I deserve it for the way I played last season at QPR.
“The call-up is a fantastic reward for my start to the season but I know I’m not the finished article. I’ve got to go there and prove myself and hopefully I can get my first cap.
“It is always good to go away with such fantastic, world-class players, learn from them, get tips from them. Hopefully I can do well and impress the manager, and it’s a good confidence boost, but I’m not getting carried away as I know I still need to work hard.”
The youngster added that he feels he has really benefited from his time away from White Hart Lane on loan, as regular playing time at QPR has helped him mature as a player.
“Going to QPR really matured me,” he said. “I’ve come back this season and I’m ready to play and be involved. The manager has put faith in me in the first few games and I’m looking to continue that.”
Townsend’s place in the Spurs squad could still come under threat this season, with big money spent by manager Andre Villas-Boas on the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, who both operate in the attacking midfield positions.