QPR’s best player in the last miserable six months insists he has found the answer to racism – Andros Townsend says it motivates him.
The Tottenham loanee returns to his parent club after Sunday’s finale against Liverpool, and reckons that is that when it comes to spells elsewhere.
But after celebrating a call-up to England U21’s European championship squad this week, Townsend was reminded of the last competition match for his country – the infamous 1-0 away win over Serbia in October 2012 marred by ugly scenes and racist chants from home fans.
Considering Rangers were at the heart of a racism storm involving defender Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry at the same time, Townsend has an answer to sickening chants from terraces – and even players.
“Racism is terrible – but it doesn’t affect my football,” he said. “I’ll take it that I’m doing something right and they’re trying to get under my skin.
"It spurs me on, rather than get me angry and frustrated and wanting to fight someone.”