The Tottenham Hotspur winger equalised with 11 minutes remaining in Tuesday’s friendly after Southampton striker Graziano Pelle had given the hosts a first-half lead.
Here is a selection of our favourite Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to a valiant England performance in Turin.
Three Lions legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) jokes that England captain Wayne Rooney might not break Sir Bobby Charlton’s 49-goal record: “I think Rooney should cash out on 47.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimgpong [email protected]) is wear red-tinted glasses: “Happy for Ryan Mason..just needs to stop playing for Tottenham and he will go far”
Ex-Crystal Palace man Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) is excited after Townsend levels the friendly in emphatic fashion: “BOOOOOOOOOM, Townsend, you beauty…. #England”
Everton midfielder Aaron Lennon (@Aaron7Lennon) is understandably delighted for his former Spurs team-mate: “Strike @andros_townsend”
Former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry (@Original_Dubes) underlines exactly why Townsend should be chuffed with his strike: “What a goal! And to beat one of the greatest keepers ever like that makes it even better! @andros_townsend I salute you!! #goal”
Manchester City legend Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) reserves praise for England manager Roy Hodgson: “Brilliant Hodgson substitution”
Finally, retired Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) underlines who he believes is England’s key man in the engine room: “Yes Rooney….Michael Carrick our best player by a mile…”
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