Johnson eager to take England chance after leaving Man City

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson believes he has done his chances of nailing down a permanent place in the England team the world of good by leaving Premier League champions Manchester City, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Johnson found himself on the bench at the Etihad Stadium more often than not, despite playing a part in the sides that won both the FA Cup and the Premier League. But the former Middlesbrough midfielder acknowledged that his failure to establish himself under Roberto Mancini was always likely to hinder his progress at international level. Johnson has been a regular member of England squads under both Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson, but missed out on selection for Euro 2012 under the latter boss.

But having completed a move to the Stadium of Light towards the end of the transfer window, Johnson is relishing his chance to play regularly for the Mackems and is also keen to reap the reward of a regular England berth.

He said: “The England manager has come out and said he wants his players to be playing regularly, that you can’t sit on the bench forever, so that’s another reason for me to come to Sunderland and hopefully get more games and keep carrying on playing for England. Hopefully I’ll be going to the World Cup in Brazil.

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