Townsend, 21, was this week banned by the FA for one month, ruling him out of Englandâ€™s Euro Under-21s squad. He also copped another three-month ban â€” suspended for three years â€” and was fined ÂŁ18,000.
He confessed he was â€śnaive and stupidâ€ť for gambling on TV matches:
â€śI was so stupid. I was naive to not understand I was breaking the rules and now Iâ€™ve paid a heavy price. Iâ€™m so angry with myself.â€ť
Townsend also told The Sun: â€śI have no one else to blame for this other than myself. I was a fool. Football clubs and the FA educate players on the betting regulations that are in place.
â€śI want to work with them to see how I can help warn youngsters of the consequences of breaching them.â€ť