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 on 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.
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 nine different clubs.
having impressed at QPR towards the end of last term, he forced his way
into Spurs' first team following an injury to Aaron Lennon and such was
his form in eight appearances so far this season, he then won England
However, following the Poland match, reports emerged
that England manager 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 Townsend himself, but which others
viewed as racist.
"Delighted to have signed a new contract with
spurs! The perfect end to the perfect week!! Now let's get 3points
(against Aston Villa) on Sunday! coys (Com on you Spurs)," Townsend
wrote on his Twitter feed.
Townsend's father, who works for the
Kick it Out organisation that campaigns to rid football of racism, said
the furore after the Poland match had been a "nightmare" in contrast to
events on the field.
"The goal on Friday night gave us an amazing
feeling and I thought he was absolutely fantastic in the hotbed of
Tuesday," Troy Townsend told Sky Sports on Friday.
"It's hard to put into words how we felt at the time and we're immensely proud of him.
unfortunately there was no time to enjoy that feeling...before the very
next day we are talking about something a little bit different.
"There's disappointment. It's a nightmare.
"It's been difficult for us at Kick if Out. I'm not sure people fully understand our role.
have an obligation to report incidents that happen and we've done that
regardless of whether it's international or grass-roots level.
"It's particularly difficult for me having involvement on both sides. We should be concentrating on the glories of both games."
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was confident Townsend could handle
the pressure of being English football's latest rising star.
"That is part of growing up as a player," Villas-Boas said. "I would suppose that wouldn't divert his attention too much.
expect him to be the same player. There are going to be more people
worried about him, he will be more in the public eye and they will
demand performances from him and I expect him to respond.
"At the moment we're very happy with what he's been doing and I think Roy thinks the same," the Portuguese added.