Andros Townsend has won 13 caps for England

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says he once lost £46,000 in one night but being charged by the FA for betting “probably saved me as a human being”.

Townsend, 28, says a mixture of an addictive personality and boredom while on numerous loan spells away from Tottenham contributed to his gambling.

In 2013, he was fined £18,000 and given a ban by the Football Association for breaching betting regulations.

“It snapped me back to reality,” Townsend told the Players’ Tribune