Roy cools Johnson fall-out talk

14 November 2010 09:52
iverpool boss Roy Hodgson is shocked his assessment of Glen Johnson's form had created such a fuss and apologised for any perceived criticism.

The England defender has not been up to scratch this season but has been troubled by injury and missed the last three matches with a groin problem.

After the midweek draw with Wigan Hodgson gave an honest assessment of how he thought the right-back had been playing, saying he had not yet reached the level which made him a regular in Fabio Capello's side.

Reports emerged today claiming Johnson is unhappy at Anfield and that his relationship with the manager has deteriorated.

Just a few hours earlier, after the 2-0 defeat at Stoke, Hodgson said he stood by his comments, although they were not meant as a direct criticism of the player.

"We all want Glen Johnson to find his England form, but that has nothing to do with him being injured at the moment," he said.

"That was just a general comment that I think I was entitled to make.

"We have a player with ability and we are hoping he is going to bring that ability to the team because we want to use it help us win matches.

"It is no good being a player with great ability if you are not bringing that on to the field of play.

"We know Glen can and will do that but first and foremost Glen has to get fit and I'm hoping that will be the case by next Sunday (at home to West Ham) because he has made good progress.

"He as well as I knows this season he hasn't reached that form very often - it amazes me that when you make a statement of such obvious veracity people want to make headlines out of it.

"Everyone is saying what I am saying. I hope I am honest and I hope the players are honest.

"I didn't realise I had been accused of criticising him; I don't normally criticise my players and I'm sorry if that has been suggested."

Source: Team_Talk