Adam Johnson set for a World Cup chance?
Fabio Capello has indicated that Adam Johnson may get a World Cup place with England afterall.
“Adam Johnson [has caught my eye this season]. He’s come up from the Championship at Middlesbrough, where he played in a different position, and he’s done well with Manchester City. Now it’s important he gets some international experience.”
The winger’s good form for City has seen his England prospects talked up, though most thought he was one for the future rather than the upcoming tournament. Capello doesn’t come across as a manager to gamble on untried players, as we have seen with his desire to have Bridge back in the fold rather than take Stephen Warnock or Leighton Baines to South Africa. So why Johnson?
Beckham getting crocked is one reason, and Aaron Lennon’s failure to recover from injury is likely to be another. Lennon was supposed to be back by now, and Capello may have decided he needs to look at alternatives.
Capello is surely wary of banking on Walcott with his fluctuating form, and that leaves Wright-Phillips, who can’t get in the City team because of… Johnson.
Adam has shown he can perform on the bigger stage since coming to City and, importantly for Capello, is comfortable on both wings. England lack a quality out and out winger with both Joe Cole and James Milner looking better in the middle.
It’s interesting to note that Johnson now seems to be ahead of Stuart Downing. Boro fans said Downing was the better crosser, and this remains a valid point. Adam has the skill and technique to make it at international level, but his final ball and decision making could be improved.
He’s still been an excellent signing who has won over City fans in no time. Our upcoming games will be a big test, and if he can continue to perform, then he’ll warrant his World Cup chance.
- Do you think Johnson is ready for England?