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Townsend signs new four-year deal with Spurs

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Andros Townsend scored on his debut for England last week © Getty Images
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Andros Townsend has signed a new four-year deal with Tottenham.

The winger scored on his England debut against Montenegro last week, and also helped Roy Hodgson's side to a 2-0 win over Poland which sealed qualification for the World Cup.

Townsend, 22, has come to prominence after enjoying a fine start to the season at Spurs, making eight appearances. He has also found himself at the centre of the row over Hodgson's 'space monkey' joke during his half-time team talk on Tuesday.

The quip was aimed at getting his players to pass the ball to Townsend more in the second half, but was leaked by a player to the press with Hodgson apologising amid accusations of racism.

Townsend wrote on Twitter: "I don't know what all this fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken! It's not even news worthy!"

Now Townsend's father Troy, the mentoring manager for anti-racism group Kick It Out, admits it is a shame the row has largely overshadowed England's qualification for Brazil and his son's own impressive performances during the international break.

He told Sky Sports News: "The goal on Friday night gave us an amazing feeling and I thought he was absolutely fantastic in the hotbed of Tuesday.

"It's hard to put into words how we felt at the time and we're immensely proud of him.

"The nation were quite rightly proud of their side, two important games, we reached our goal of the World Cup but 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. We 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."

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