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

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund to qualify for last 16

Arsenal beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at the Emirates to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Champions League: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both victorious, Monaco win at Leverkusen

Real Madrid won 1-0 at Basel to stay perfect in the Champions League, while Atletico and Monaco also claimed victories.

Champions League: Liverpool share points with 2-2 draw at Ludogorets in Group B

Liverpool drew 2-2 away to Ludogorets to keep their Champions League dream alive with one game left in Group B.

Mail Box

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

F365: Saving You From Bad Relationships

A cracking Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Willian, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Aguero. Plus how Football365 saved one man from an unhappy relationship...

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