Johnson sets World Cup aim
Adam Johnson believes he is capable of earning a surprise call-up to Fabio Capello's England World Cup squad.
Last Updated: 21/02/10 12:53pm
New Manchester City signing Adam Johnson believes he is capable of earning a surprise call-up to Fabio Capello's England World Cup squad.
The former Middlesbrough winger completed a £7.5million switch to Eastlands in the January transfer window and made an immediate impact on his home debut in the 2-0 victory over Bolton.
Despite competition from David Beckham, Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott and James Milner to make the 23-man squad, Johnson is convinced he can force his way in.
He said: "With the World Cup coming up, stranger things have happened. When I signed for City there were little things in my head telling me to make the move.
"In the Championship I wasn't being seen, never mind being picked for England. I needed to be on the TV and getting talked about, which wasn't happening.
"When the opportunity came up to leave Middlesbrough and join a big club, things like England became a factor
"I hope I can make the jump and go to South Africa with England. I've got to continue to play like I did in my first home game and then I might get a sniff.
I've had no indication, just some banter with the lads about it, but nothing concrete yet."
Johnson is confident using either foot and the 22-year-old admits he has drawn inspiration from Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs as he aims to further his career.
Johnson added: "I have modelled my game on Giggs, he's been the best player in England for the past 20 years.
"I wanted to further my career and I wanted to join the biggest club I could when the opportunity came.
"There has been speculation about me for a long time, ever since I was 18 and a young player at Middlesbrough.
"I've been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United before and it's all very flattering, but City were the first club to make a concrete offer.
"With the quality of players we have, I wanted to come and learn from them."