Manchester City winger Adam Johnson is desperate to cement a regular place in Roberto Mancini’s side to guarantee his spot in England’s Euro 2012 squad.
His stunning strike in the midweek win over Stoke City, which kept his team clear at the top of the English Premier League, should ensure he starts today’s match at West Bromwich Albion.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed I haven’t played as many games as I would like, everyone wants to play games, but I think that was my fifth Premier League goal, so it’s all I can keep doing, scoring goals and getting goals and playing well, then hopefully force my way in,” the 24-year-old said. “The players we have, it’s packed in areas, obviously the manager rotates certain players around, but I have to keep working hard and keep trying to play. When I found out I was starting against Stoke, I was happy and I don’t mind the rotation system as long as it is fair, hopefully that’s going to continue. I understand I’m at a massive club and I am happy with that.”
Johnson believes strong performances against West Brom and Sunderland on Sunday will help push his case with England boss Fabio Capello.
“It’s on the back of my mind because Fabio Capello likes players that play every week, that’s a major thing for me to try and go there after missing out on the World Cup. I want to play in these major tournaments, I need to keep trying to play well and think about it when the time comes,” the winger told City’s Web site. “I wouldn’t say I’m worried, but I would be gutted if I didn’t go. There is a lot of competition and people playing well week in, week out, so I just want to try and play week in, week out and have a place on that plane.”