Sunderland’s Johnson admits his World Cup hopes are over

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has admitted that his chances of making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup are virtually gone, Sky Sports is reporting.

Johnson has earned 12 England caps, but the last of those came back in August 2012 in a friendly against Italy, while he was still a Manchester City player. Since he joined Sunderland, Theo Walcott, Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, James Milner and Raheem Sterling have all been ahead of him in the pecking order for the England wide positions.

The 26-year-old has found himself left on the Sunderland bench occasionally this season, and has conceded that his chances of going to Brazil are very slim. He said: “I’m probably too far away now. His [Hodgson’s] mind is made up.

“He has used 30-odd players and I haven’t been one of them, but I won’t give up. Theo Walcott is quite a good friend of mine so it wasn’t nice to see that happen to him but you have to take your chance.

“You never know, he [Hodgson] might come and watch a few of our games. Playing in big games against big teams helps and hopefully he had someone watching on Tuesday.

“It’s always going to be in the back of your mind to go to a World Cup having been involved with England for a few years until I signed for Sunderland. It’s still difficult, but you never know, stranger things have happened.”

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