'We can beat anybody', says Johnson as he fires warning to England's rivals
10:02 GMT, 29 March 2012
Glen Johnson has backed England to challenge for the Euro 2012 crown by claiming that they are capable of beating any of their rivals.
The Liverpool and Three Lions right back remains optimistic of success in Poland and the Ukraine despite England not currently having a manager or captain installed less than three months before the start of the tournament.
Despite all the distractions, Johnson told the Daily Star that England's stars are fully focused on the task at hand.
Eyes on the prize: Johnson says England are fully focused on the task at hand
'There is always something going on, always issues,' he said.
'But you don’t get to this level of football without going through some crazy times.
'The lads learn to deal with hard moments, turn a blind eye to things and just get on with what they do best, which is play football.'
Johnson collected four of his 35 caps at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where England came up badly short. But the 27-year-old claims things will different this time around.
'In a one-off game we can beat anybody,' he added.
'So if we can put it together and get it right on the day we have a good chance.
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'The lads believe in themselves. We have got some great players, a good squad and good backroom staff.
'At that level it’s the finer details, the inches that make the difference. Look at the World Cup in South Africa two years ago.
'Of course we went out earlier than expected but, if you look at the fine details, Frank Lampard scored and if that goal is given it’s a different ball game.
'I know there is no point going over it now but you never know, we could have gone on and won that game.
'Once we were chasing the game we had to play differently, which left holes for Germany to get the third and fourth.'