Johnson's Three Lions pride
- Sun 05 Sep 2010, 8:43AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Adam Johnson admitted that his goal for England against Bulgaria was the stuff of boyhood dreams.
The talented City winger replaced Arsenal's Theo Walcott after 74 minutes at Wembley on Friday night and celebrated his third cap with a fierce low drive past the Bulgarian keeper just nine minutes later.
“Scoring a goal at Wembley for England was something I used to daydream about when I was a kid and now it’s become a reality,” said the 22-year-old in an exlcusive chat with mcfc.co.uk.
“For it to come in my first competitive game was ever more special because there was more riding on it, but, having said that, I treat the friendlies just the same anyway.
It’s an amazing feeling and I hope it’s the first of many goals for my country
...Adam Johnson on his England goal
"I went straight to the players’ lounge after the game to see my mum and dad and they were pretty chuffed, too.”
Johnson has flown out of the blocks at the start of the new campaign and looks set for a long and successful career for club and country.
He also says having so many City team-mates around him at international level is helping, too.
“I do feel like I’m settled in to the England camp,” he said. “There will be no complacency or anything like that, but I’m enjoying every minute of it.
“Obviously to have five of the lads from my own club in the same squad is a huge bonus and I know several of the other younger England players from the Under-21s, so there’s a good atmosphere.
“I think, as a team, we showed we’ve moved on from what happened at the World Cup and to beat a good Bulgaria side 4-0 is a terrific start to our campaign. Now we have to go to Switzerland and repeat the performance.”