London – Andros Townsend, English football's man-of-the-moment, has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League club announced Friday.
Townsend, 22, marked his England debut last Friday with a goal in a 4-1 win over Montenegro before impressing again at Wembley on Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Poland that secured a place at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil for Roy Hodgson's side.
“We are delighted to announce that Andros Townsend has signed a new four-year contract with the club,” said a Tottenham statement.
Prior to this season Townsend, who had scored three goals in 18 Spurs appearances, had had loan spells at several clubs.
But having impressed at QPR towards the end of last term, he forced his way into Spurs' first team and such was his form he then won England recognition.
However, following the Poland match, reports emerged that Hodgson had, in a reference to Townsend, told his players at half-time to “feed the monkey”.
This was an instruction to make sure the winger saw more of the ball, and one interpreted as a “compliment” by the player himself, but which others viewed as racist. – AFP