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Johnson takes plus points from missing World Cup

  • 02 June 2010 13:37
  • Posted by Chris Bailey

Adam Johnson is determined to take the positives from his World Cup near miss.

The Blues winger was, yesterday, one of seven players to be told they were not going to South Africa and though disappointed by Fabio Capello’s decision the 22-year-old is looking only to the future.

And he is backing his England teammates to end 44-years of hurt.

“Of course I was a bit down when I got the news and my first thought was that I wish I’d had more of a chance to show what I could do in the two warm up matches,” he told mcfc.co.uk.

“I would have loved the chance to showcase what I can do on the biggest stage of all but I am not going to dwell on it.

“The England management made it clear to me that I have an international future and I am going to have a rest now and then get my head down and get ready to try and work my way into the side for September qualifiers.

“I suppose if you had mentioned the World Cup to me back in December I would have smiled but I had a thought in the back of my mind when I signed for City that if I did well I might have half a chance.

I am going to take the positives out of the last two weeks

...Adam Johnson on England experience

"I have worked with the squad, I have an England cap which is a wonderful honour and I know that I will be in the mind of the coach and his staff for the future.”

Johnson will, like the rest of the nation, now settle for watching the summer’s soccer drama unfold on the television and he will be rooting for his mates.

“I am an England fan and in a way I built up so many bonds in the last couple of weeks that I will still feel part of it,” he continued.

“I have spoken to Shaun (Wright-Phillips) wished him good luck and told him to go and do well. There are certainly no hard feelings towards him.

“I am delighted for Gareth (Barry) too. He has had a great season and it would have been so cruel for injury to have robbed him of a World Cup.

“The lads are fully capable of winning the World Cup. I think we have a great chance along with maybe two or three other sides. Of course we will need a bit of luck along the way that goes with winning anything in sport but no one should write off England’s chances.”

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