Townsend to earn his Spurs

Spurs youngster hoping to impress against Shamrock

Townsend: Hoping that he can prove his worth in the Europa League against Shamrock

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Tottenham youngster Andros Townsend is hoping to increase his chances of a regular first-team place by impressing against Shamrock Rovers in the Europa League.

Spurs face Shamrock Rovers in their second group game of the competition, having been held to a goalless draw against PAOK Salonika in their last European outing.

Townsend has played in all three of the club's games in Europe this season and made an extra-time appearance in the Carling Cup defeat to Stoke this month.

The 20-year-old scored on his debut against Charlton in the FA Cup in January but his chances of breaking into Harry Redknapp's first team have been limited.

He has already had six different loan spells; spending time at Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford and Millwall.

Townsend is a product of Tottenham's academy system and is hoping to become the first player to make the move from the youth set-up to the first team since Ledley King.

Massive night

He said: "It's a massive night and will be a special occasion against Shamrock.

"I believe I have the ability to break into the first team. This is the perfect chance for me to show the manager what I can do and show him that I can play a part in the future of this club.

"The manager watching us in training and in the reserves is one thing, but playing in the Europa League against teams like Shamrock and PAOK Salonika in front of massive and hostile crowds is different.

"It's more of a gradual process (breaking into the first team). Nowadays you have to go out on loan.

"Staying here and not being loaned out gave me the impression that the manager wanted to involve me more and more this summer.

"I had been out on loan for the previous three seasons and it is good to be in and around the first team now."