Glen Johnson, having playing only two out of England’s last eight games, believe he deserves the right back role because he is the nation’s best, Daily Mail reports.
The Liverpool star is very confident of his ability to shine at the World Cup even though his season was plagued with injuries and fitness issues, leaving his full back team mate Kyle Walker to finish up the qualification round.
“I’ve played every game I’ve been fit for in the last four or five years,’ said the 29-year-old Liverpool defender. ‘There was never a point when I thought I wasn’t going to be in the squad. I don’t think I’ve ever not been England’s first choice,”
He earned his 50th England cap back in March, a few days after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers announced that Johnson would be out indefinitely for an ankle injury.
Rodgers believes that his player’s speed and fluency has been affected by his injury and decision to return back to play too swiftly.
Johnson said: “I was playing for two or three months with two or three injuries but they were never serious. With all three of them playing a part though, it was affecting how I played and my ability to run.
“We called a time-out and said I’ve got to get fit, get it sorted, but it was only ever going to be a few weeks, not a season-ending type of injury. I was never worried that much.”