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Andros Townsend looks to have taken his league form with Newcastle United into the international arena, performing well against Australia on Friday night, albeit for only 20 minutes.

The former Tottenham winger was included in Roy Hodgson's 26-man preliminary Euro 2016 squad but has failed to make the starting lineup for England's previous two warm-up matches against Turkey and Australia.

His 70th minute introduction in the 2-1 win over Australia on Friday added a much-needed edge to the England attack, with the pacey forward looking threatening virtually every time he was in possession, which could prompt the England manager to start the 24-year-old a spot against Portugal on 2 June.

“Obviously I'm grateful because I owe a lot to Newcastle for getting me playing Premier League football again and getting me back in the England squad. So I owe it to them and hopefully I did Newcastle proud when I came on," he said.

The 24-year-old was also asked about the likelihood of his making Hodgson's final 23-man squad for the tournament in France, but remains uncertain whether he will be chopped from the final list when it is announced on Tuesday.

“I’m not too sure," he said when asked. "You will have to ask the manager." I got 10 to 15 minutes, I've done what I can, and if it's not enough, then so be it – but if it is, then I'll be delighted.

“The manager has named a 26-man squad and everyone has been fighting to make the cut. Everybody's the same and wants to be there, luckily I have got to come on and stake my claim and see what happens."

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