Ambitious AJ sets World Cup target

BY foxsports • February 21, 2010

The former Middlesbrough winger completed a £7.5million switch to Eastlands in the January transfer window and made an immediate impact on his home debut in the 2-0 victory over Bolton. Despite competition from David Beckham, Aaron Lennon, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Theo Walcott and James Milner to make the 23-man squad, Johnson is convinced he can force his way in. He told the News of the World: "With the World Cup coming up, stranger things have happened. When I signed for City there were little things in my head telling me to make the move. "In the Championship I wasn't being seen, never mind being picked for England. I needed to be on the TV and getting talked about, which wasn't happening. "When the opportunity came up to leave Middlesbrough and join a big club, things like England became a factor "I hope I can make the jump and go to South Africa with England. I've got to continue to play like I did in my first home game and then I might get a sniff. "I've had no indication, just some banter with the lads about it, but nothing concrete yet." Johnson is confident using either foot and the 22-year-old admits he has drawn inspiration from Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs as he aims to further his career. Johnson added: "I have modelled my game on Giggs, he's been the best player in England for the past 20 years. "I wanted to further my career and I wanted to join the biggest club I could when the opportunity came. "There has been speculation about me for a long time, ever since I was 18 and a young player at Middlesbrough. "I've been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United before and it's all very flattering, but City were the first club to make a concrete offer. "With the quality of players we have, I wanted to come and learn from them."

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