By Will Butcher
Andros Townsend has revealed that a return to Newcastle could be on the cards later in his career.
The England international, 25, left the Toon this summer to join Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace in a £13million deal, just six months after signing for Newcastle in January 2016.
Townsend revealed that he wished he could have stayed at St. James’ Park, but the relegation to the Championship made his mind up.
“It was the first time (at Newcastle) in my career that I actually did feel loved, and did feel right,” Townsend told the Telegraph.
“The fans were great with me, everyone loved me. Obviously I would have liked to have stayed but it wasn’t meant to be. Who knows, maybe one day I could end up back there before I retire.”
During his short time with Newcastle, Townsend scored four times in 13 appearances, adding another two in assists.
The Tottenham academy graduate is currently with Gareth Southgate’s England side, as they look to secure six points against Malta and Slovenia in their qualifying campaign for Russia’s 2018 World Cup.
Since his move from the Magpies, Townsend has played in all seven of the Eagles’ Premier League matches. The winger has already found the back of the net, curling in a superb effort from outside the penalty area against Stoke with his weaker right foot.
Now, the former Leeds, QPR and Watford loanee could be in line to earn his 12th cap for the Three Lions, as he fights for a place on one of England’s flanks with the likes of Theo Walcott, Jesse Lingard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In other Newcastle news, Alan Shearer has sent this amusing tweet to one of his former teammates.