Andros Townsend has revealed that Ryan Giggs is the main inspiration behind his style of football.
The Tottenham winger is having a brilliant season at Spurs, earning himself recognition for the England national team, where he featured heavily in the recent World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.
And the 22-year-old who plays a very direct style of football, said he enjoys watching Giggs and told the Evening Standard:
"I’ve always liked watching Ryan Giggs. When playing wide he liked to dribble, make things happen, get crosses in and score goals, so he was my main inspiration.”
Townsend has come through at Tottenham and despite being sent out on loan regularly has had the advantage of being close to top-quality wide players such as Aaron Lennon and new Real Madrid acquisition, Gareth Bale.
“Growing up, I was lucky to be in squads with players like Bale and Lennon. They’re old-fashioned wingers and players I want to be like, so even when I was left out of the matchday squad, I got to watch them and it was great for me to learn from them.
“When I was given the chance, I tried to take what I saw in their games and add it to mine, when I was playing in the Under-21s or when I was on loan. While it was a negative not playing, it as a plus point to watch such good wingers and learn from them.”
Townsend has been tormenting defenders all season and has high ambitions stating:
“I have to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully one day I can be there with the likes of Gareth Bale.”
Townsend has again been named in the England squad to face Chile and Germany later this month and will be looking to impress England manager Roy Hodgson this weekend in Tottenham's fixture with Newcastle, in order to maintain his starting place for the national side.