Lineker, Lennon and more: Twitter reacts as England draw with Italy

Gary Lineker and Aaron Lennon tweet their thoughts after Andros Townsend nets England equaliser against Italy

Andros Townsend came off the bench to score a late equaliser as England drew 1-1 with Italy at Juventus Stadium.

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 “@IAMFRIMPONG26) 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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