Johnson wants first-team action
City winger not happy to sit on bench
By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey. Last Updated: August 17, 2012 9:54am
Adam Johnson insists he does not want another season of being a bit-part player at Manchester City.
Johnson played 90 minutes in England's midweek win over Italy, but he appears unlikely to get the same playing time with City this weekend as they face Southampton on Sunday.
The 25-year-old featured 25 times for City in their Premier League winning campaign, but only 10 of those were starts and he completed 90 minutes just four times.
Johnson, who has been linked with moves to the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton and Sunderland, has admitted he does not want to go through the same this season.
"I'm the kind of player that needs to be playing regularly. Any player does really, no matter what age they are," he said.
"I need to play week-in, week-out. You can't just go into one game after not having played for five and be expected to perform.
"Like I said, it would be nice to get a run of games with England but I'm not sure if I'll get that chance at City. Time will tell."
Johnson was pleased to see action under Roy Hodgson after being left out of his squad for Euro 2012.
"It was brilliant to get 90 minutes for England. After the disappointment of the Euros, to get straight back in and start was fantastic and has given me a lot of confidence," he said.
"I enjoyed it as I had a bit more freedom and I felt good. The manager said he wants me to go out and express myself, feel free and take people on, which is what I like to do.
"I really enjoyed it and hopefully I can play a few more games. It would be nice to get a run of games with England and hopefully I can push on to the next qualifiers."