Johnson thanks City for World Cup chance

The 22-year-old winger came on for the last six minutes of

England’s 3-1 friendly win over Mexico as he bids to snatch a seat

on the plane to the World Cup. Johnson’s England debut came less

than six months after he moved from Middlesbrough to City in the

January transfer window. “It was brilliant and I really enjoyed

it,” he told City’s official website. “The last six months have

been unbelievable and winning my first England cap was the proudest

moment of my career. “I wasn’t too nervous but deep down I was

desperate to get on. It’s what you dream of when you’re a little

lad and to make my debut in front of 88,000 people at Wembley is

something I’ll never forget.” Johnson faces an anxious wait to

discover if he will make the 23-man squad, but is clearly still in

Fabio Capello’s thoughts as the manager prepares the final cuts.

“Middlesbrough were great for me and my development, but coming to

City has been fantastic,” Johnson added. “If I’d stayed where I was

I doubt I would have had this opportunity and now hopefully I can

end the season by going to the World Cup.”