Johnson loving his Italian jobs
- Mon 06 Sep 2010, 10:40AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Adam Johnson has set his sights on glory with City and England - and the in-form Blues winger is more than happy to make his journey to the top the Italian way.
Johnno can't wait for tomorrow night's match against Switzerland in Basle after his lively cameo, topped with a goal, put the icing on the cake for Fabio Capello's 4-0 Wembley win over Bulgaria.
And his Three Lions chance has come thanks to Roberto Mancini's faith in the young former Middlesbrough star who has emerged as one of the Premier League's biggest dangers in a matter of months.
Adam said: "Mancini and Capello are pretty similar in certain ways, with tactics and things like that. They have an Italian mentality. They want a good shape and base to the team, which I am learning at my club as well.
"They are also similar sorts of personalities in the way they want to get their message across, so it has not been too difficult for me (with England)."
Johnson has become a key figure in Mancini's blueprint to unpick the packed Premier defences now visiting City of Manchester Stadium, and he is determined that a hard-working campaign will bear fruit next May.
He said: "I want to win something this season for my club - go for the title or reach the Champions League.
For England I want to get as many caps as I can, try and get in the starting XI, and hopefully score some more goals
Adam instantly bought into Mancini's ploy of switching him from his natural left flank to the right when he joined in January from Middlesbrough, a tactic that has found disciples further afield.
He said: "If you look at all the top wingers across Europe, they tend to play on the opposite side. Almost every game I have played for City has been on the right. That's where I have been settled and done most of my better stuff.
"The England manager has just thought he would try me out there because that is where I have been used to playing. I don't mind either side. If you are a winger, you should be able to play on both sides."