He said: "It's nice to be back. I missed the last few trips. Now I'm back and
hopefully I can make the most of it.
"I didn't know Raheem was out. I got a call Monday afternoon to say I was
replacing somebody. I have been happy with my form, I started a little bit
slowly, didn't make the first squad but I was happy with my form, and thankfully
I have been given the chance through someone else's misfortune and hopefully I
can make the most of it."
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cleats Townsend scored on his England debut, a 4-1 win over
Montenegro, but missed the 2014 World Cup with an ankle injury and was left out
of Roy Hodgson's final Euro 2016 squad.
vapor But a lack of game time at former club Tottenham – he made
only three appearances in the Premier League in the first half of last season -
hampered him and he is eager to progress again.
He said: "Three years ago is a long time ago and I don't want to compare
myself to a previous time. Three years ago, I only scored one goal in the
Premier League all season. Maybe I was taking people on more, but now I have
matured a lot and am getting crosses early into the box. That is getting me more
assists and hopefully I am getting more goals."
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purecontrol The 25-year-old joined Palace after just six months at
Newcastle following the Magpies' relegation from the Premier League last
mercurial He insisted Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez understood his
decision but accepted he upset the fans.
"He texted to congratulate me on my England call-up. He understood and all is
well there," he said.
obra "I understand why people were frustrated, why some people were
upset. I'd like to think personally I played well enough in the time I was
there, I gave my all to keep the club. At one point it looked like we were going
to stay up but unfortunately it didn't happen. I got the opportunity to stay in
the Premier League and I had to take it."