Johnson: England have improved

England full-back Glen Johnson says the team have progressed as an attacking force since they lost to Italy on penalties at Euro 2012.

Last Updated: 08/06/14 at 12:18 Post Comment

Glen Johnson: Expects England's pace to trouble Italy in Manaus

Glen Johnson: Expects England's pace to trouble Italy in Manaus

More of the games that matter

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

The teams, who face each other in their first match at the World Cup on June 14, battled their way to a goalless draw two years ago, before Italy held their nerve from the penalty spot to book a place in the semi-finals

Johnson is one of the six England players from the starting line-up in Kiev who could feature in Manaus on Saturday and warned the Azzurri that his side will pose far more of a threat in attack this time around.

"I think we had a good team when we played Italy last time, but now we have more players who can hurt them attacking-wise," said Johnson.

"We have a bit more pace in the squad as well so hopefully we will get further on.

"I don't think Italy will have met an England team like this before. The team we had before was a good side but maybe it was slightly defensive.

"If we can defend well now and use some of the pace and ability we have going forward we can cause problems."

England arrived in Brazil on Sunday after completing their pre-World Cup friendly programme with a 0-0 draw with Honduras.

Winger Raheem Sterling missed the game in Miami after being sent off in the previous warm-up fixture against Ecuador, and Johnson believes his Liverpool team-mate could be England's secret weapon in Brazil.

"It would be ideal if people don't know what he is capable of and people underestimate him a bit," he said.

"That would definitely work in our favour. Hopefully people will underestimate him and then he can prove them wrong.

"I think he has looked good all year. He is a young kid who is willing to learn about the game and he should just get better."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Joe Hart agrees long-term contract with Manchester City

Joe Hart has signed a new long-term contract which keeps him at Manchester City until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Manchester United can still win title

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Saturday's opponents Manchester United can still win the Barclays Premier League.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident James Milner will sign new deal at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident James Milner will soon sign a new contract with the club.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

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