England debut a dream come true - Townsend

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has admitted he is 'living the dream' after he starred in England's 2-0 win against Poland.

Townsend, who has been in devastating form for Tottenham this season, followed up his outstanding debut against Montenegro by putting in another solid performance against Poland.

The 22-year-old kept his place in Roy Hodgson's England side after he scored on his senior England debut last Friday.

Townsend, speaking to the London Evening Standard after the Three Lions secured their spot in next year's World Cup, said on his two performances: “In the summer when I was thinking of the start of the season, I never dreamed of playing for my club regularly and getting my first two England caps.

"It’s a dream come true but I can’t let it get to my head.

“I know if I’m to get on the plane I have to keep playing well for Tottenham and for England. It’s not going to be easy. I have a tough six months in front of me and hard competition for places but I am relishing it.

“I was pleased with my performance [against Poland]. My debut was the easier game because there was no expectation on me. After the first match there was a lot of pressure and hype and I had to put it to the back of my mind."

Townsend reserved special praise for England trio Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney who have helped him through his first week as an international star.

The wideman, who was loaned out nine times before breaking into the Tottenham team at the start of the season, also hailed England's next batch of stars and vowed to not get carried away.

“I have to keep playing well every game for Spurs," added Townsend.

"I can’t think about the World Cup. I have to focus on my Tottenham performances. If I have a couple of bad games, there are world-class players that can come in.

“There has been a lot of talk about a lack of English talent, but last night there was Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere.

“It’s great for the country, not only for the present but the future.

“Now we have won the last two games, people will hype us up but the manager said not to let it get to us. We know how good we are and what we can do. We’ll go there and play like we have in the last few weeks.”

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