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Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend - July 2010 USA tour.jpg
Townsend with Tottenham Hotspur in 2010
Personal information
Full nameAndros Darryl Townsend[1]
Date of birth16 July 1991 (age 23)[1]
Place of birthLeytonstone, England
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[2]
Playing positionWinger
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Youth career
2000–2009Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
2009–Tottenham Hotspur37(2)
2009→ Yeovil Town (LOAN)10(1)
2009→ Leyton Orient (LOAN)22(2)
2010→ Milton Keynes Dons (LOAN)9(2)
2010→ Ipswich Town (loan)13(1)
2011→ Watford (loan)3(0)
2011→ Millwall (loan)11(2)
2012→ Leeds United (loan)6(1)
2012→ Birmingham City (loan)15(0)
2013→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)12(2)
National team
2006–2007England U163(0)
2007–2008England U176(2)
2009–2010England U196(0)
2012–2013England U213(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:01, 2 January 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:01, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
Andros Darryl Townsend (born 16 July 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger forTottenham Hotspur and for the England national team. A product of the Spurs academy, Townsend had LOANspells with nine different clubs before gaining a regular first team place for Spurs in the 2013–14 season.
He has represented England at under-16under-17under-19under-21 and senior level. On 11 October 2013, he scored on his senior debut for England in a 4–1 victory against Montenegro.

Early career

Townsend joined the Tottenham Hotspur academy at the age of eight.[3] In March 2009, he went on LOAN toYeovil Town,[4] making his football league debut against Milton Keynes Dons alongside fellow Spurs academy player Jonathan Obika.[5] He made ten appearances and scored one goal for Yeovil as they avoided relegation.[6]

Club career

2009/10: Loans to Leyton Orient and M.K. Dons

In August 2009, he went on a month's LOAN to Leyton Orient.[7] On 22 August he scored, having run 70 yards past three Yeovil players and side-stepping another before blasting past the goalkeeper.[8] At the end of August, Townsend's LOAN at Orient was extended until 31 December, after which he returned to White Hart Lane.[9] On 14 January 2010, Townsend was signed on LOAN by the Milton Keynes Dons until the end of the season. He was recalled by Tottenham after two months due to injuries.[10]

2010/11: Loans to Ipswich Town, Watford and Millwall

On 12 August 2010, Townsend signed on a season-long loan for Ipswich Town.[11] He made his debut for Ipswich against Burnley two days later and on 4 December scored his first goal for Ipswich with a header against Swansea City. The loan spell was ended weeks later when Harry Redknapp recalled him because he had not been playing regularly enough.[12]
On 9 January 2011, Townsend marked his Spurs debut by scoring and being voted Man of the Match in a third round FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane against Charlton Athletic.[13]
On 20 January 2011, Townsend joined Watford on loan until the end of the season,[14] making his debut two days later away at Cardiff City. Watford terminated the loan on 23 February, just one month into the loan.[15]
On 7 March, Townsend signed a loan deal to take him to Millwall until the end of the season.[16] He scored an equalising goal against Coventry City from 20 yards out, but the game was later lost 2–1. In April, Townsend made two assists in Millwall's 3–2 victory over Leeds United; after the game he said he would be happy to stay at the club beyond his loan spell.[17] His form for Milwall resulted in an upturn of form for the side who narrowly missed out on the playoffs.

2011/12: Loans to Leeds and Birmingham City

In the 2011–12 season, Townsend was a regular in the Spurs first team for their UEFA Europa League campaign, making six appearances in the competition. On 15 December 2011, Townsend scored his second goal for Spurs, against Shamrock Rovers, curling in a shot from outside the box.[18] In December 2011, Townsend was linked with a loan move to Queens Park Rangers.[19] On 23 December, he signed a new contract at Spurs taking him up until the end of the 2016 season.[20]
On 1 January 2012, Townsend joined Leeds United on loan until the end of the season.[21] He made his debut for the club the next day in their 2–1 victory against Burnley, where he received the man of the match award,[22] and scored his first Leeds goal in their 3–2 win against Doncaster Rovers on 18 February.[23] On 23 February, Townsend returned to Tottenham, his agent saying he was unhappy at Leeds.[24]
The following day, Townsend joined Championship club Birmingham City on a youth LOAN until the end of the season.[25] He went straight into the starting eleven for Birmingham's next match, a 2–1 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.[26]

2012/13: Spurs, loaned to QPR

On 26 September 2012, Townsend scored a fine individual goal for Spurs in a 3–0 victory against Carlisle United in the third round of the League Cup.[27]
On 31 January 2013, Townsend and Tottenham team-mate Jermaine Jenas joined Queens Park Rangers, Townsend on LOAN, Jenas on a permanent deal; they linked up with former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.[28] Townsend made his debut two days later against Norwich City in a goalless draw where he was named man of the match.[29] He scored his first goal for the club on 9 March, with a dipping volley from outside the penalty area in a 3–1 win at home to Sunderland,[30] and scored again in the next game, against Aston Villa.[31]
In May 2013, Townsend was charged by The Football Association over alleged breaches of its rules on BETTING. He subsequently voluntarily withdrew from England's squad for the upcoming European Under-21 Championship finals.[32] He later admitted to charges under the FA's rules for breaching football betting regulations. After a personal hearing, he was fined £18,000 and suspended for four months backdated to 23 May 2013, with three months suspended until 1 July 2016.[32]

2013/14: Spurs breakthrough

Townsend started the 2013–14 season, playing in victories over Crystal PalaceSwansea City and Dinamo Tbilisi; he scored and made two assists in the latter.[33] He scored his first Premier League goal for Spurs away at Aston Villa on 20 October 2013, in a game which his team won 2–0.[34]

International career

Townsend represented England at under-16under-17 and under-19 level. He played three times for the under-16s between 2006 and 2007, making his debut in a 1–1 draw away with Wales on 20 October 2006 and his last appearance in a 2–0 away loss to Germany in April 2007.[35] He scored twice on his under-17 debut, in a 6–1 win over Northern Ireland in August 2007,[36] and went on to make six appearances, the last in a 0–0 draw with Portugal on 5 February 2008.[35]
Townsend received his first call up to the England under-21 team in October 2012 for the Euro 2013 play-off matches against Serbia.[37] He made his debut in the first leg as a 65th-minute substitute for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.[38]
In May 2013, after Townsend was charged by The Football Association over alleged breaches of its rules on betting, he withdrew from England's squad for the Euro 2013 finals.[32]
Townsend received his first call-up to the senior England squad in September 2013, for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.[39] He made his senior debut in the starting eleven against Montenegro on 11 October. He was involved in England's first goal in a 4–1 win, scored the third with a "low swerving finish" from outside the penalty area after 78 minutes, and was named man of the match.[40]

Personal life

Townsend was born in LeytonstoneLondon.[3] He is of Greek Cypriot (maternal grandparents) and Jamaican descent (father).[41] He was brought up in Chingford, and is a lifetime Tottenham fan.[3] He attended Rush Croft Sports College.[6]
When he was 10 years old, his older brother Kurtis was killed in a car crash at the age of 18.[3]
Townsend was filmed singing the song Stand By Me by Ben E. King with the rest of the Tottenham youth players in the dressing room, which became a popular internet video.[42]

Career statistics


As of match played 1 January 2015
Club statistics
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
Tottenham Hotspur2008–09[43]Premier League0000000000
2009–10[44]Premier League00000000
2010–11[45]Premier League0011000011
2011–12[46]Premier League0000106[a]171
2012–13[47]Premier League5010113[a]0101
2013–14[48]Premier League25100107[a]1332
2014–15[49]Premier League7100306[a]1162
Yeovil Town (LOAN)2008–09[43]League One101000000101
Leyton Orient (LOAN)2009–10[44]League One22200202[b]0262
Milton Keynes Dons (LOAN)2009–10[44]League One9200000092
Ipswich Town (LOAN)2010–11[45]Championship1310030161
Watford (LOAN)2010–11[45]Championship30000030
Millwall (LOAN)2010–11[45]Championship1120000112
Leeds United (loan)2011–12[46]Championship61100071
Birmingham City (loan)2011–12[46]Championship15000001[c]0160
Queens Park Rangers (loan)2012–13[47]Premier League1220000122
Career total13813311112233017718
  1. Jump up to:a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. Jump up^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  3. Jump up^ Appearance in Championship play-offs


As of match played 9 October 2014.[50]
International statistics
National teamYearAppsGoals

International goals

111 October 2013Wembley Stadium, London, England Montenegro3–14–12014 FIFA World Cup qualification
29 October 2014Wembley Stadium, London, England San Marino4–05–0UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying