Andros Townsend joined Crystal Palace to ensure he would be recognised by England, according to his father.
The 25-year-old joined the Eagles for £13million over the summer following a successful six months with Newcastle, where he netted four times and provided two assists in 13 Premier League outings.
However, the former Spurs man couldn’t stop the Magpies from being relegated and was forced to move on to stay in the hunt for a place with England.
Townsend has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad and his father, Troy, has confirmed that despite being happy in the north east he felt he would be overlooked by the Three Lions in the Championship.
“Rafa done absolute wonders for him, ideally he would have loved to stay at the club,” Troy said.
“But if you’re gonna be noticed, if you’re gonna be recognised – obviously he had a massive disappointment in the summer (not being picked for the Euros) – and if you’re going to get yourself back in the area that he wants to be then unfortunately the Premier League is the only place to be.”