Playing on the left of midfield, Andros Townsend has made a big impression in the Academy team and with the England Under-16 side, progressing to the senior Spurs and England teams.
Born in Walthamstow at Whipps Cross Hospital, Andros went to Rush Croft Sports College, where he was part of the side that won the London Cup.
He has the ability to work on both flanks with good skill to go around players, using his pace or a trick or two. Had a regular place in the Tottenham Under-18 Academy side in 2006-07 and won five England caps at Under-16 level, including a place in the side that faced Spain in a friendly at the new Wembley Stadium in April 2007.
After starring for the Youth team in their run to the FA Youth Cup quarter finals, he went on loan to Yeovil Town until the end of the season, where he was well respected.
The following season saw him loaned out once more to gain more experience with Leyton Orient, but an injury saw him return to Spurs and he was among the players who played in pre-season matches ahead of the 2010-11 season. Still keen for Andros to get first team action, the club put him out on loan again and he started the 2010-11 season at Ipswich Town, where he was well-liked by the fans and did well under Roy Keane. Returning to White Hart Lane in January 2011, Townsend found himself in the first team for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Charlton Athletic and he netted the first goal of the game in a confident debut. Shortly after he left to join Watford on loan for the rest of the 2010-11 season, but made only three appearances before the Championship side decided that the move was not working for either party. However, Andros went out again to get more experience with a loan to Millwall in March 2011.
Was a member of the Spurs Europa League squad in 2011 and played in most of the games, scoring in the final group match at Shamrock Rovers, but with the club exiting the competition, he was loaned out to Leeds United in January 2012 for more first team experience. Despite featuring in seven games and scoring in one, the winger could not settle there and with a new manager taking over, he returned to Tottenham, where he was immediately shipped out to Birmingham City (under the management of Chris Hughton) for the remainder of the season on another loan deal.
Back at Spurs, Andros got a look in now and again in the league as well as the cups in 2012-13, but in January, he was head-hunted on loan by former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, then at QPR. Gained confidence, despite playing in a team bound for the Championship, but came in for criticism when he was banned for three months by the FA for gambling while at Loftus Road, causing him to miss the European Under-21 Championships with England.
However, on his return to White Hart Lane, he seized on an early season injury to Aaron Lennon to put in some sparkling performances in the Tottenham team and earned his first England senior cap at Wembley against Montenegro, scoring the third goal with a right foot drive from 25 yards in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory.
Despite his performances for
his country, he failed to reproduce that level for
Tottenham and dropped out of contention for a first team
place because of that and a post match argument on the
White Hart Lane pitch with fitness coach Nathan
Gardiner. After that, he did not appear for the
Spurs first team again, only gaining a place on the
bench and then turning out for the Under-21 team before
he was transferred for a free of around GBP12 million to
struggling Newcastle United in the January 2016 transfer