Downing pleased for Johnson
Stewart Downing is pleased Adam Johnson is performing for England and is not jealous of his success.
Last Updated: 16/09/10 1:56pm
Aston Villa's Stewart Downing is pleased Adam Johnson is performing for England and is not jealous of his success.
The pair were team-mates at Middlesbrough not so long ago and Downing frequently kept Johnson out of the club's starting XI.
Downing has since transferred to Villa and Johnson has joined Premier League rivals Manchester City, a club where he has blossomed.
Johnson has jumped above Downing in the England pecking order and demonstrated his quality with goals against Bulgaria and Switzerland.
Downing is pleased with Johnson's success on the pitch and aims to join him in the England squad rather than taking his place.
"For Adam Johnson, it's been very good," said Downing. "He's obviously a good player and he just needed the chance.
"He thought he didn't get that at Middlesbrough. There was not only me in the team, there were others fighting for a place.
"But he was only a young lad then and now he's two years older, a little more experienced and it's turned into a really good move for him.
"He's a very good player and, for England, he has started really well. It doesn't give me any more incentive.
"I want to be in that squad with him or without him. It was disappointing that I got left out but that's Fabio Capello's decision.
"What I have to do is not moan about it and play well in every game and hopefully try to change his mind."