Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend enlists goal guru in bid to gatecrash England’s Euro 2020 plans

Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend enlists goal guru Allan Russell in bid to gatecrash England boss Gareth Southgate’s plans for Euro 2020

  • Andros Townsend has booked in summer sessions with goal guru Alan Russell
  • Townsend will work with Russell, who is a key part of England’s backroom team 
  • The Crystal Palace star wants to gatecrash Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 plans

Andros Townsend has enlisted the help of England striker coach Allan Russell in an effort to gatecrash Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 plans.

The Crystal Palace winger has booked in summer sessions with the striker specialist ahead of rejoining Roy Hodgson’s squad for pre-season at the start of next month.

Ahead of every pre-season Townsend seeks advice from various conditioning and footballing experts to ensure he is in peak shape going into the start of each campaign.

Andros Townsend has booked in summer sessions with England striker coach Allan Russell

And Townsend is working with Russell, who is a key part of Southgate’s backroom team, in a bid to ensure he is well-placed to improve on last season’s goal tally of nine.

Away from his work with the England national team, Russell heads up a company called Superior Striker – which claims to be the world’s No 1 striker training programme.

The success of the company is a key reason why he is not a full-time employee of the Football Association.

As well as his work with England’s players, he has held one-on-one sessions with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Marcus Rashford in the past.

Townsend has also worked with Russell prior to his current sessions.

Russell (L), who is a key part of Gareth Southgate's backroom team, heads up Superior Striker

Russell (L), who is a key part of Gareth Southgate’s backroom team, heads up Superior Striker

And Townsend hopes Russell can help propel him back into the international fold next season.

Sportsmail understands Southgate considered handing Townsend a recall for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro in March.

Russell is known for his meticulous forward drills, his attention to detail during coaching sessions one of the key reasons behind Southgate’s decision to integrate him into his backroom team.

He also refreshes his sessions and drills to ensure players do not find them mundane.

And the fact Harry Kane won the World Cup golden boot last summer is testament to Russell’s work with England.

Townsend has enlisted Russell in an effort to gatecrash Southgate's Euro 2020 plans

Townsend has enlisted Russell in an effort to gatecrash Southgate’s Euro 2020 plans

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