Townsend has been a revelation for club and country this season.
He told the London Evening Standard: “I’m told some young players in England are using what’s happened to me as an inspiration, and it’s an honour to hear that. It’s tough breaking into the top four or five teams at the moment.
“You look at the quality there and the money they have to spend, so what I’d say to them is be patient and wherever you’re playing, whether it be on loan or in the reserves, keep going and you’ll get your chance.”
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