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Legend tipped schoolboy Johnson for England

07 Sep 2010 08:53:26

| Submit Comments| Comments (12)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapAdam Johnson?s goal on Friday night was his first for England ? but not his first at Wembley. For the City winger struck twice there in a seven-a-side schools match when he was a 10-year-old. And he made such an impression when playing for Peterlee Schools back in 1998 that former England international Johnny Haynes immediately tipped him for stardom. Fulham legend Haynes did not live to see his prediction come true, having died in 2005. But Johnson?s mother Sonia, who was at Wembley on Friday alongside his father Dave to see their son score against Bulgaria, has never forgotten Haynes? words. ?Peterlee and District Schools played at Wembley in a seven-a-side tournament sponsored by Adidas,? she explained. Adam?s team and three others from around the country won through to Wembley. ?The finals were played on the same day as England Under-16 schoolboys were playing Brazil. ?They played the match on the Wembley turf and I do remember Adam scoring twice. ?Johnny Haynes was the guest of honour and he said to Adam: ?You?re a great little player. You?ve got a lovely left foot.? ?I?ll always remember what he said.? Sonia also tells a story of how another former England international ? the late Emlyn Hughes ? picked out Johnson during a skills competition at a holiday camp. She said: ?We were on holiday at Butlins and Adam entered a football skills competition. ?He ended up winning it and he met Emlyn Hughes, who was lovely with the kids. ?Emlyn said to him: ?Your left foot is great.? It was wonderful that he singled him out.? Ever since Johnson struck that Wembley double as a schoolboy, he has dreamed of scoring there for his country. The 23-year-old will be looking to add to his tally when England face Switzerland in Basel tonight. But he would love to get a few more at the national stadium too. He said: ?Scoring a goal at Wembley for England was something I used to daydream about when I was a kid and now it?s become a reality. ?For it to come in my first competitive game was ever more special because there was more riding on it, but, having said that, I treat the friendlies just the same anyway. ?It?s an amazing feeling and I hope it?s the first of many goals for my country. ?I went straight to the players? lounge after the game to see my mum and dad and they were pretty chuffed, too.? Former City winger Nicky Summerbee has no doubts that Johnson has what it takes to become an international regular. ?I do like Adam Johnson,? Summerbee said. ?Wingers open games up, and he?s a very exciting player. ?He can play on either flank ? and he can attack a defender on the outside and cross the ball or cut inside. That keeps defenders guessing. ?Adam?s also prepared to run at players, which is something you don?t see enough of in modern-day Premier League football. ?It?s always good to see a winger do that. You?ve got to have a go. What?s the worst that can happen? You get tackled and lose the ball. But at least you?ve excited the crowd. ?He?s certainly got what it takes to be an England regular, and there?s no reason why he shouldn?t.?| Submit Comments| Comments (12)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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