Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Johnson has lost England hope

Adam Johnson admits his hopes of breaking back into the England squad ahead of the World Cup finals have virtually gone.

Last Updated: 09/01/14 at 10:57 Post Comment

Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger admits his England hopes are over

Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger admits his England hopes are over

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Sunderland winger has 11 caps to his name, but has not played for his country since August 2012 when he featured in the friendly win over Italy at Wembley.

Domestically, Johnson has spent time on the bench this season for the first time since moving to Wearside.

And the former Middlesbrough and Manchester City player admits that a place in Roy Hodgson's party is now likely to be beyond his reach.

"I'm probably too far away now. His [Hodgson's] mind is made up," Johnson told the Daily Express.

"He has used 30-odd players and I haven't been one of them, but I won't give up. Theo Walcott is quite a good friend of mine so it wasn't nice to see that happen to him but you have to take your chance.

"You never know, he [Hodgson] might come and watch a few of our games. Playing in big games against big teams helps and hopefully he had someone watching on Tuesday.

"It's always going to be in the back of your mind to go to a World Cup having been involved with England for a few years until I signed for Sunderland. It's still difficult, but you never know, stranger things have happened."

Premier League

Johnson helped Sunderland secure a Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg win over Manchester United on Tuesday and they are now just one game away from Wembley.

But Johnson admits the Premier League remains their main concern and added: "It's just one game in the season, you play in the Premier League for a full season It's much more important to me as it's all about being a Premier League footballer.

"Now, we put the cup to one side and concentrate on the league. It's important we try to take that form into the league and, if we can play with that bit of freedom and not be scared to lose and go for it, we'll be all right.

"We've seen over the years how many teams have won the cup, gone down and never been seen again.

"You've still got to do well in the cups and if you do it's great, but the main priority is the league. Semi-finals are big games - almost the best games to play in. It brings the best out of players like myself. I play better in the bigger games, so just to come on and play a part against United was good.

"They had lost the last couple of games. The best time to play United is probably now and we made the most of that. It's still going to be difficult, but we'll go there now with a lead and it gives us something to play with."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho: It's only a matter of time before John Terry gets new contract

John Terry will definitely stay at Chelsea beyond the end of his current deal, Jose Mourinho says.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres to make permanent move to AC Milan ahead of Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres will join Milan permanently on January 5 ahead of his expected return to Atletico Madrid.

Neil Warnock sacked by Crystal Palace after run of one win in 12 games

Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace, with Keith Millen placed in charge for Sunday's trip to QPR.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property