Palace boss issues plea to Allardyce

Alan Pardew has said Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend deserves to be considered by Sam Allardyce for his next England squad.

Crystal Palace: Palace boss issues plea to AllardyceCrystal Palace: Palace boss issues plea to Allardyce

The Eagles chief has been impressed with the form of the 25-year-old after bringing him into Selhurst Park on a five-year contract in the summer having triggered his £13million release clause at relegated Newcastle United.

Townsend has scored one goal in five Premier League outings so far – in last Sunday’s 4-1 win against Stoke City – with Pardew happy with his overall play.

As a result, the 55-year-old has called out to Three Lions’ boss Allardyce to think about giving Townsend another opportunity to play international football.

The former Tottenham man has not played for England since last October’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania, while he did make the substitutes’ bench for the summer friendly against Turkey before being left out of then boss Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad in France in the summer.

“Andros (Townsend) has got to be in consideration for Sam and England,” said Pardew.

“He’s a natural wide player and gets goals, he’s a massive asset.

“I’ve told him I’ll show faith in him as long as he does his defensive duties, as long as he’s a team player.”

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