O'Neill fully behind Johnson

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has backed Adam Johnson to become an England regular despite his recent international snub.

Last Updated: 14/11/12 at 14:15 Post Comment

Martin O'Neill: Is confident Adam Johnson will soon earn himself an England

Martin O'Neill: Is confident Adam Johnson will soon earn himself an England

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The former Middlesbrough and Manchester City winger, who has 12 international caps, was left out of Roy Hodgson's squad for the midweek friendly with Sweden.

The 25-year-old has struggled for consistency since making the move to the Stadium of Light over the summer, but put in arguably his best display for the Black Cats at Everton last weekend, scoring his first goal for the club in the eventual 2-1 defeat.

O'Neill believes Johnson's initial struggles were down to him having to adjust from being a regular substitute at Manchester City to being a regular starter at Sunderland.

He is confident it won't be long before Johnson shows the kind of consistent form that earned him international recognition in the first place and will therefore be pushing hard for a recall.

"I firmly believe he is a player who will come good again and regain the sort of form that got him into the England squad in the first place," the Northern Irishman told the Sunderland Echo.

"I do think it is worth bearing in mind that Adam is having to acclimatise himself to a different situation here compared to his previous club.

"For the last couple of years at Man City he has spent an awful lot of his time being used as an impact substitute coming on late in games. Here, he is being asked to play the full 90 minutes week-in, week-out.

"Over the course of time he'll get back into the groove of doing and will be all the better for it. But at the moment he has been getting through a period of adjustment and we've just had to bear with it.

"Soon, though, I'm sure we'll see Adam getting back to the sort of form which originally got him into England squads in the first place."

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

K FIFA we're done, you can ban us now

jimmyjazz
Barcelona transfer ban upheld

A

h Daniel. I could spend hours on this subject putting the world to rights. You can even take a step back and ask why football fans (and society in general) have this need to know that something will happen before it actually does. There are times this important, when it comes to things like war, food production and natural disasters. A man you've never met changing his job? Not so much.

ajsr1982
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

Footer 365

Transfer News: Bruce confirms Hull are eying Vincent Aboubakar

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has revealed the club are considering a move for Lorient forward Vincent Aboubakar.

Premier League: Edin Dzeko signs new four-year Manchester City deal

Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester City.

Champions League: Callum McGregor on target in Celtic draw

Celtic claimed a 1-1 draw with Maribor in Slovenia in the first leg of their Champions League play-off clash.

Mail Box

So Long And Good Luck To Nani

A Mailbox that offers best wishes to a departing hero, defends Olivier Giroud, tells us to steady on over Calum Chambers and makes some amusing predictions...

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

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