Palace move was right decision - Townsend

Palace move was right decision - Townsend

Andros Townsend feels his decision to leave Newcastle for Crystal Palace has been fully justified after being recalled by England.

The 25-year-old spent only six months at St James' Park following a January switch from Tottenham, calling time on his brief tenure in the north-east after the club's relegation to the Championship.

Palace were only too happy to bring the winger back to London, signing him for around £13million, and the move has proved to be a good one for all parties thus far, Townsend featuring in all seven of the Eagles' Premier League matches this season.

Townsend's good form has been recognised by interim England boss Gareth Southgate, who has called him up for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

The former Spurs flyer feels his call-up for the Three Lions and his quick acclimatisation to life at Selhurst Park proves he made the right choice opting to join Palace.

"Unfortunately, it did not work out for me there [Newcastle] but now I am playing well for Palace and scoring goals again," said Townsend.

"Obviously there is a bit of frustration that I could not kick on after my debut but I think I am in a good place again, I am happy with my form and I am playing well.

"I really enjoyed my time at Newcastle, I make no secret of that. It did cross my mind to stay but I need to be playing Premier League football if I want to make the most of my career.

"I made the tough decision, I'm happy to be at Palace now, everything is going well, so hopefully it was the right decision."