Townsend plays down Hodgson row

Andros Townsend has tried to end the controversy over Roy Hodgson's joke by insisting the England manager was trying to pay him "a compliment".

It has all been said now, it has been in the news the last few days and I think everyone should focus on us qualifying for Brazil and not focusing on negative, silly news.

The manager told the player to give the ball to me, so that is a compliment in a way.

– Spurs winger Andros Townsend speaking to BBC Sport

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