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Adam Johnson plays down talk of an England call-up

Johnson flattered by England call-up talk

Adam Johnson has reacted to the news of a possible England call by insisting: "I haven't proved anything yet."

England coach Fabio Capello has hinted he may look at the Manchester City winger ahead of the World Cup.

"I was playing in the Championship in January and now people are talking about me playing for England," the 22-year-old told BBC's Football Focus.

"It's nice hearing it, but I'm still young. I just want to push on and try to be the best player I can be."

Johnson, who is yet to feature in an England squad, has impressed since making a £7m move from Middlesbrough to City in January.


Left-footed Johnson has operated on the right of City's midfield and has won praise for his 11 appearances for the Eastlands club.

But he is determined to stay focused, adding: "You've got to keep your feet on he ground and not get too carried away."

With David Beckham and Aaron Lennon injured, Capello has suggested he could hand Johnson his international debut against Mexico on 24 May.

"Johnson has caught my eye," said the Italian. "Now it's important he gets some international experience.

"He has come up from the Championship at Middlesbrough, where he played in a different position, and he has done well with Manchester City."

Sunderland-born Johnson, who came through Middlesbrough's academy, scored his first goal for City in March, a stunning last-minute equaliser against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Capello names his 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup on 16 May ahead of the friendlies against Mexico and Japan on 30 May.

See the full interview with Adam Johnson on Football Focus on BBC1 from 1215 BST this Saturday.

see also
England set to face Mexico in May
17 Mar 10 |  World Cup 2010
Spurs worried by Lennon progress
14 Mar 10 |  Tottenham
Capello sets World Cup squad date
03 Mar 10 |  Football
Man City complete Johnson swoop
01 Feb 10 |  Man City
Chronological World Cup fixtures
05 Dec 09 |  Football

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