Andros Townsend revealed the Crystal Palace gamers had been in tears after Eberechi Eze ruptured his Achilles in coaching, moments earlier than discovering he would’ve been in England’s provisional Euros squad.
Eze has been a star for Palace this season following his £16million switch from Queens Park Rangers final summer season.
The 22-year-old acquired 4 objectives and 6 assists in his debut Premier League marketing campaign.
However catastrophe struck in coaching when the teen picked up a nasty Achilles harm, that would preserve him out till 2022, in line with experiences.
Townsend, who’s out of contract with Palace on the finish of the season, described what occurred on that day.
“It was in all probability one of many saddest days of my profession,” he instructed talkSPORT Drive. “At 11am the supervisor (Roy Hodgson) known as us collectively and instructed us ‘it’s his final season and I’ve determined to step apart’.
“So we had been all down within the dumps going into coaching, then half an hour later, we’re ten minutes earlier than the top of the session, it was a light-weight session, Eze has gone to show and also you heard an enormous pop.
“He fell to the ground. He thought any individual kicked him, all of us thought any individual kicked him as a result of it gave the impression of that, as he’s circled and realised no one was round him, the shock began to set in as you realize what it’s.
“The shock in his face when he ruptured his Achilles, it haunts me once I fall asleep at evening fascinated with this younger participant who’s in all probability my closest mate on the membership since he’s joined, we’ve actually helped one another, for him to have such a critical harm is actually unhappy.”
So as to add to Eze’s distress, as soon as he acquired again into the altering room, he found a textual content saying he’d been included in England’s provisional squad for the Euros.
Townsend added: “As quickly as he acquired within the dressing room and turned on his telephone there was a message from England to say he was within the provisional squad.
“That compounded his distress and a variety of us had been in tears. It was a tragic day.
“He’s had his surgical procedure now and hopefully he’s on the mend and I do know the participant he’s and character he’s, he’s going to come back again sturdy.”
Eze actually impressed with Palace this season and regardless of the setback Townsend believes the winger can go a lot additional.
He added: “He can go to the very high. It’s not simple arising from the Championship to the Premier League.
“He had his ups and downs, however what impressed me most was his willingness to enhance.
“Once I was a teen, you couldn’t inform me something. He listened to the senior gamers, listened to the supervisor and didn’t shirk his defensive duties.
“Everybody is aware of what he can do going ahead, however for me what he’s finished defensively, and after coaching, he’ll go to the very high.”