AJ enjoying the England spotlight

05 September 2010 04:21
Adam Johnson admits he thrives on the pressure of having to perform for England after scoring on his competitive debut against Bulgaria.[LNB] The Manchester City winger capped a fine display with the third goal in England's 4-0 win in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley.[LNB]Johnson was disappointed to miss out on Fabio Capello's final squad for South Africa.[LNB]But he is determined to make amends by playing a significant role in England booking their spot in Ukraine and Poland in two years time.[LNB]He said: "It was massive for me on Friday, scoring my first goal in my first competitive game.[LNB]"The goal on Friday was the highlight of my career. As a kid you dream about scoring at Wembley for England.[LNB]"That was definitely the career high for me. I just hope there are a few more.[LNB]"It is brilliant being here. I don't mind having the pressure of performance.[LNB]"That brings me on more. I just want to do what I have being doing for my club. Pressure makes me play better.[LNB]"Everyone wants to start games. I am no different. It is a big job. You have to help the team out.[LNB]"Coming on and getting the third goal was massive for me. I will just keep trying to do well for my club and force my way in."[LNB]Johnson made the initial 30 for South Africa but was left out along with fellow winger Theo Walcott when Capello decided upon his final choices.[LNB]He said: "The World Cup comes around every four years. No matter how it goes, it is always good to say you have been to a World Cup.[LNB]"I would have liked to go and show what I can do on the biggest stage. Now I have to wait another four years.[LNB]"I was disappointed with the decision but it is behind me now."[LNB]Johnson has his sights on success for club and country this season and can see similarities between City boss Roberto Mancini and his fellow Italian Capello.[LNB]He said: "Mancini and Capello are pretty similar in certain ways, with tactics and things like that.[LNB]"They have an Italian mentality. They want a good shape and base to the team, which I am learning at my club as well.[LNB]"They are similar sorts of personalities in the way they want to get their message across so it has not been too difficult for me."[LNB]Johnson admitted: "For my club this season I want to win something, go for the title or to reach the Champions League.[LNB]"For England I want to get as many caps as I can, try and get in the starting XI and hopefully score some more goals."

Source: Team_Talk