Poolie Johnson is concentrating on helping Everton climb the Super league

Linsday Johnson in action during the FA Woman's cup Final. Picture by FRANK REID.
Linsday Johnson in action during the FA Woman's cup Final. Picture by FRANK REID.

LINDSAY Johnson is concentrating on her club football and trying to help Everton climb the Super League table.

The Hartlepool-born defender had been a mainstay in England’s squad for a number of seasons and was outstanding in defence when the Three Lions reached the European Championship final in 2009.

But the centre-half has not featured for her country since friendlies against USA and Sweden in May last year.

Johnson was surprisingly omitted from the squad going to Germany for the World Cup final.

It would appear that Johnson’s face no longer fits in coach Hope Powell’s plans.

But the former Manor College of Technology pupil has no intention of announcing her retirement from international football.

“Unfortunately I have never been picked since before the World Cup,” said Lindsay, who has won 43 caps.

“It’s disappointing but I can only keep working hard and trying to play my best in the hope things change.

“It’s a shame, especially as England are playing Brazil at Wembley and a European qualifier at Middlesbrough.

“I’d have loved that.

“But that’s life, I’ve just got to get in with it.

“I still enjoy training hard and being a footballer.

“I’ll be looking to get back up the table with Everton and have a good year in the Super League.”

Everton are currently lying in midtable in English women’s top flight, which is now played in the summer months and screened by ESPN.

The Toffees began the campaign with a defeat at Arsenal but they do boast a Mersey derby victory over Liverpool and sit fifth in the eight-team table.

“The games have been a bit sporadic so far,” she said. “We have done OK but it does not help when we don’t get a proper run of matches.

“There are no bad sides in the league either.

“We were unlucky against Arsenal, we were down to 10 men after 35 minutes.

“Birmingham were a tough side and that could have gone either way.

“We were happy with the win over Liverpool but we could have put more goals past them.”

Johnson & Co drew 1-1 at Bristol City on Saturday evening, a small measure of revenge after the Robins won 4-0 at Everton earlier in the month in the Continental Cup.

“We definitely had a point to prove after what happened at our place,” said Hartlepool’s 2010 sports personality of the year.

“We gifted them three goals at our place – I don’t know why but we just imploded.

“We went all out on Saturday to put it right. We led early on but they equalised with 10 minutes to go.”