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Dream debut hasn't sunk in yet - Andros

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 13 October 2013  - 14:45

Andros Townsend is keeping his feet on the ground after his memorable, goalscoring debut for England.

Andros celebratesA hug from team-mate Kyle Walker

The flying winger took his Spurs form into England’s key World Cup qualifying match against Montenegro at Wembley on Friday night.

A threat from the first whistle, Andros’ 50-yard run led to the key opening goal and then the icing on the cake, just after Montenegor pulled a goal back for 2-1, a 25-yard belter with his right foot that zipped home off the post for 3-1. England eventually won 4-1 and will book a place in next summer’s World Cup Finals if they beat Poland on Tuesday.

Speaking to tottenhamhotspur.com on Saturday, Andros told us: “It hasn’t sunk in at the moment and I haven’t allowed it to because we’ve got another big game on Tuesday.

“That’s the best thing, to keep my feet on the ground and try not to get carried away.”

Andros’ inclusion in such a key game created a buzz on social media before kick-off.

“I found out lunchtime on the day of the game,” he reflected. “The manager came to me a few times during the week and said he was undecided in that position, a few players were vying for it. I’m so grateful I got the chance and I’m pleased I was able to repay his faith in me.

“I didn’t really think about it, about how big it was, I was excited to get my first start and determined to make the most of it.

“It was only afterwards that I thought how big a game it was for England, if we hadn’t won it we wouldn’t have been in prime position to qualify automatically for the World Cup and that would have been unbelievable.”

As Andros explained, the key thing was to play his normal game - playing ‘without fear’ as he described to us at the start of the season as he looked for a breakthrough here at Spurs.

“No matter who I’m playing against, I look to play the same way. I look to take people on, make things happen and try to get my shots off. It all came together. It couldn’t have gone any better.”