ADAM Johnson says he is philosophical about his absence from Roy Hodgson’s England plans this evening, and is convinced he will soon be back in the squad.
But he knows that long-term it is up to him to produce the form that will keep him in the mind of the international manager as he looks towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Johnson, who scored his first goal for Sunderland at the weekend since his £10m move from Manchester City back in August, said: “I haven’t really given too much thought about the England situation.
“I think it’s one of those squads where the manager wants to look at one or two things, and one or two new players.
“I’m certainly not the only one of the usual squad who hasn’t been involved, I think there’s five or six others.
“So hopefully I’ll be back in there when the qualifying games resume.
“Ideally I’d like to be in every squad – England is a massive thing – but I wasn’t too disappointed with it being friendly rather than a qualifier.”
England’s next World Cup qualifiers are not until March next year when they travel to San Marino and Montenegro.
And by that stage Johnson wants to have proven himself worthy of retaining an automatic England squad place.
He said: “One of the reasons why I came to Sunderland was so that I could be playing regular first-team football, and doing my best to improve my chances of playing for England.
“This is what I wanted.
“And now it’s up to me to see that through and prove my worth.
“I’m happy to do that. I think the game against Everton was my best so far for the club, and hopefully there will be plenty more to come.
“It hasn’t been easy with picking up a knock when I first came, and then finding myself very heavily marked in games.
“But I’m very happy to be here, and I’m sure that as the season progresses the fans will see the best of me, and that’s obviously going to help in terms of England.”