Big Eck backs Roger for England

The former Scotland boss feels the 27-year-old Johnson “deserves a

shout” with England after another outstanding season. Johnson

played a key part in City’s 1-0 shock home win over Chelsea on

Saturday and McLeish said: “I think we are a bit unfashionable as a

club and that is probably a factor. “But the two boys (Johnson and

Scott Dann) have been absolutely magnificent at the back. “Roger,

at the age of 27, is a wee bit ahead of Scott in terms of his

experience. “Scotty is turning heads with his performances because

he is young and there is potential there. “But I think Johnson

deserves to at least have a shout of competing with other guys who

are being touted for England. “I am not telling Fabio Capello his

job but I just think our boy deserves a shout.” McLeish added:

“Roger is a fantastic team-mate. He is a guy you would want in the

trenches with you. “He is a terrific team man and his performances

have been so solid and so consistent. “You need your centre-halves

to be consistent. When the team is not doing so well, these guys

have still got to be on top of their game. “That is why at the end

of the season, when you look at players stats, it is normally

always defenders who are up there.” “People talk about people like

Gary Cahill, rightly so, and Owen Coyle is extolling his virtues.

I’m going to do that about Roger now. “He is very vocal about not

being picked. He says ‘what have I got to do gaffer.”‘