Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has launched a scathing attack on Roy Hodgson for his England selection policy.

The 26-year-old was widely tipped to make the Three Lions’ last squad for their friendly with Denmark on the back of a string of impressive displays that helped his side reach the Capital One Cup final.

However Johnson did not feature in Hodgson’s set-up, which was composed mainly of players plying their trade with teams at the top end of the Premier League.

Although there were a few exceptions, the 26-year-old winger feels that players are being picked more on their reputation and the standing of their club sides rather than on merit:

“I think a lot of people saw me as almost a certainty [for the Denmark squad] but if you look at the last squad, it was almost all top-eight [players] bar [Cardiff defender Steven] Caulker.” He is quoted by The Metro.

“I think that says a lot about the selection. I don’t think it really matters how well you are playing – it’s who you play for.

“If you look at the last ten squads, Southampton have been playing well, they are in the top eight – and the rest are Everton, Tottenham, Man United, City, clubs like that.”

Johnson – whose last England appearance came almost two years ago – says that his words are not born from frustration, and that he feels he deserves another chance:

“I came to Sunderland to play more, rather than thinking about England, but some games I wasn’t even on the bench at City but I was still in the England squad.

“Now I’m playing more and I can’t get a cap. It’s just a fact – it’s not me being sour. Some players, if they weren’t playing for the big clubs, wouldn’t be anywhere near it [the squad].”

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    Frank Creegan
    11 months ago

    Hodgson gets nose bleeds if he goes north of Manchester for matches. He also likes to get back to west end for the pre dinner show

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