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Football: England call-up depends on who you play for, says Johnson

Published on Mar 20, 2014 11:59 PM

(REUTERS) - Sunderland winger Adam Johnson believes he has missed out on an England call-up because he does not play for one of the top football clubs in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old has 12 England caps but was a notable absentee from a 30-man squad named by manager Roy Hodgson for a recent friendly against Denmark and has not played for his country since an August 2012 friendly against Italy.

He moved to Sunderland from Manchester City days after that last cap and has not been called up by Hodgson since then despite becoming a key player for his struggling club in their battle against relegation.

"I think a lot of people saw me as almost a certainty (for England) but if you look at the last squad it was almost all top eight bar (Cardiff's Steven) Caulker, who wasn't meant to be in it but for (Phil) Jagielka's injury," Johnson told the Guardian newspaper on Thursday.

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