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Sunderland winger Adam Johnson hoping to earn England recall

Adam Johnson: Sunderland winger is hoping to earn an England recall in time for the World Cup

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Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is hoping to force his way back into Roy Hodgson's England set-up in time for the World Cup next summer.

The 26-year old, who has 11 senior caps to his name, was left on standby for both World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 and did not receive a call-up to join the squad either time.

Johnson has not featured for England since the 2-1 friendly win over Italy in August last year, but he still has ambitions of being selected for Brazil.

"England is still burning inside me. It is a massive season for me, just as it is for every player who has represented their country," he told the Daily Star.

"This is probably as good as I have felt for a while and I'm excited for this season. Hopefully I'll get even fitter and stronger.

"To be on standby for the last two major tournaments and to miss out both times was really disappointing and tough to take.

"This is huge for me, there's a massive carrot at the end of the season and if I can get some good performances and we get the team playing well, then you'd like to think that the England people will take notice."