Johnson eyeing fresh start

City winger keen to overcome personal disappointments

Adam Johnson: Hoping to figure for Manchester City and England this season

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Adam Johnson is hoping for a 'clean slate' after missing out for club and country at the end of last season.

The Manchester City winger was hoping to play a pivotal role in the club's Premier League title success before travelling with England to Euro 2012.

But instead Johnson failed to start a game for City after the clash with Bolton in March and was ignored for the final three games of the season.

The 25-year-old was then overlooked by Roy Hodgson for the European Championship - a decision that, understandably, Johnson did not agree with.

"I'll be quite honest and say I really think I should have been picked," said Johnson.

"To be fair, Roy has been brilliant with me and phoned me to say he still wanted me to train before the Euros.

"I start my bid for the 2014 World Cup from now."


If the former Middlesbrough man is to force his way back into the England squad, he must first show Roberto Mancini that he is worthy of a place in the City side.

That could prove a tough challenge but Johnson is hoping he can bounce back from last season's personal disappointments.

"It was pretty hard watching from the sidelines," he added.

"We won the title, which was the main thing, but you want to feel you've played your part, too.

"This is a new season and we all start with a clean slate once again."