Sunderland‘s Adam Johnson must add consistency to his game to have a serious chance of making England‘s 2014 World Cup squad.
Johnson, 26, has played 12 games for England and was a significant member of the squad that qualified for Euro 2012. But having moved to Manchester City, his career took a turn for the worst. It is only now in early 2014 that we are seeing his form begin to return to its best at Sunderland.
However, he must add consistency to his game or England boss Roy Hodgson will simply overlook him, or view him as a mere backup candidate.
His hat trick vs. Fulham during Sunderland’s 4-1 win on Saturday was a return of that spark, that match-changing ability we have seen in the past. But, it could easily be forgotten if the next few matches are average performances.
Johnson is easily one of the best technical wingers at England’s disposal, but it’s what he does with it that is the problem. As a winger at the international level, you must have consistency. You become one of players that the nation will depend on to create chances. He must step up to the plate and deliver that now to convince Hodgson and the fans that he is a player capable of returning to that level of play.
It is a vital aspect of his game that must be seen each week. He is a winger who is one-dimensional at times in that he cuts inside and shoots. That’s inevitably something that gives him a lesser chance of playing for England, so consistency must be seen, or there is simply little option but for the national team to look for others who can be relied on.
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