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Johnson's a real Buzzer

19 May 2010 11:21:38

| Submit Comments| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapAdam Johnson has won the backing of City's most famous winger of all, Mike Summerbee. The Premier League's most impressive newcomer celebrated his arrival in the big time at Eastlands with a surprise call up into Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional World Cup squad. The jury is out over whether he'll actually make the final squad, which will be announced on June 1, and board the plane for South Africa. He has Monday's friendly against Mexico at Wembley and the final warm-up match against Japan in Austria in which to further impress the England coach before he makes his selection. And although Johnson has had a brilliant start to his City career, he faces competition in the wide positions not least from his own team-mate Shaun Wright-Philips but also from James Milner of Villa, Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon of Spurs. But one man who is already a huge Johnson fan and reckons he'll go all the way is Buzzer, who made his name both for City and England in the club's highly successful Bell, Lee and Summerbee era. Summerbee, who was cut from the provisional World Cup squad in 1966 by Sir Alf Ramsey, said: "Alf stuck with his no-wingers policy so it was absolutely no surprise to me or indeed any of the lads who I knew so well and went on to win it that I wasn't involved. "I hope Adam gets a chance to shine in the World Cup. He is two footed and it is a great opportunity for him. He is an exceptional player who is making substantial progress. "It is not going to be easy but England should get to the semi-finals. With all the injuries and not having a settled squad, the players have the chance to prove many people wrong. "Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain will all be strong. There will be an advantage for the European teams with the time difference and conditions. "It will be difficult but I do have a sneaky feeling we are going to do much better than expected." Summerbee - now a behind the scenes ambassador for City - added: "Adam is so direct like some people say I was and the way the manager is playing him - on the right so he cuts in even though he is naturally left-sided - gives him an even better chance when the squad is announced because it shows he can be a highly versatile player." Johnson, who signed for the Blues from Middlesbrough on the January transfer deadline-day for £8.5m, was one of only two Mancini signings. And he quickly established himself regularly ahead in the pecking order of firm fans' favourite Wright-Phillips, who has impressed Capello and does have much more international experience. | Submit Comments| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Type your comment here...NewsletterGet the latest news straight to your inbox.


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