England’s Andros Townsend, second left, scores during the international friendly soccer match between Italy and England, at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Massimo Pinca)
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The Tottenham Hotspur winger beat Gianluigi Buffon from 20 yards with a fine, right-footed strike in the 79th minute of Tuesday's game at Juventus Stadium, having replaced Fabian Delph nine minutes earlier.Townsend, 23, said that Merson's criticism had given him extra motivation to perform well.Hodgson also praised Townsend's Spurs teammate Harry Kane, who made his full debut but was unable to pull off a repeat of his debut goal from last Friday's 4-0 win over Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying.
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