Following that goal Townsend has insisted that his direct style can continue to cause problems for club and country, while putting his rise to prominence down to a productive loan spell with Queens Park Rangers.
He told ITV Sport: "On a personal level it was great debut for me to have a hand in the first goal, then score the third goal myself.
"There was runners off me I think I was getting shouts to pass it but I'm a direct player I chose to take the shot, luckily this time it's gone in.
"The last six months of last season when I went down to QPR, I think that was a make or break for me. It turned out well and I've started this season in fantastic form for Tottenham Hotspur. I've got to keep it going now."
The 22-year-old will now fight to keep his place in Roy Hodgson's side for Tuesday's final qualifier, which comes at home to Poland.