Townsend, 21, was this week banned by the FA for one month, ruling him out of England‚Äôs Euro Under-21s squad. He also copped another three-month ban ‚ÄĒ suspended for three years ‚ÄĒ and was fined ¬£18,000.
He confessed he was ‚Äúnaive and stupid‚ÄĚ for gambling on TV matches:
‚ÄúI was so stupid. I was naive to not understand I was breaking the rules and now I‚Äôve paid a heavy price. I‚Äôm so angry with myself.‚ÄĚ
Townsend also told The Sun: ‚ÄúI 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.
‚ÄúI want to work with them to see how I can help warn youngsters of the consequences of breaching them.‚ÄĚ