Townsend took joke as a compliment

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend took the joke Roy Hodgson told at halftime during England's World Cup qualifier against Poland as a compliment.

The joke about a monkey in space working for NASA was used as an analogy for Townsend's team-mates to give him the ball whenever possible, but has been misconstrued as having racial connotations.

Townsend was speaking at a charity event to highlight breast cancer awareness.

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