Play fair! Johnson warns Mancini he”ll only embrace City”s rotation policy if it”s equal
Adam Johnson does not mind being part of Manchester City”s squad rotation system as long as manager Roberto Mancini is fair about it.
Johnson completed his first full 90 minutes in the Premier League for two months when he made a goalscoring appearance in Wednesday”s win over Stoke.
However, he realises it is highly likely be will be dropped back to the substitutes” bench for the Boxing Day trip to West Brom.
Johnson would not mind that if he felt the opportunity to return a bit quicker was on offer.
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“I”ve been awfully disappointed that I haven”t played as many games,” he said. “Everyone wants to play in all the games and I was thinking about speaking to the manager because I hadn”t started since the Carling Cup.
“It plays on my mind a bit. I don”t mindthe rotation system as long as it”s fair. Hopefully that”s going to continue now. I”ve scored five goals in five starts. That”s all I can keep doing.”
International class: Johnson has high hopes of inclusion in the Euro 2012 squad
Johnson”s problem is simple enough.
Having made England”s provisional squad for the World Cup in South Africa, the 24-year-old was one of the unlucky ones who did not make Fabio Capello”s final party.
Now a regular member of the international set-up, there should be no issue about his place at Euro 2012.
However, having only made sporadic appearances for the Blues this season, and quite often as a substitute, doubts were starting to creep in.
“I was speaking to my dad about that,” Johnson said. “It is in the back of my mind because I know Fabio Capello likes players to be playing every week. It”s a major thing for me, to try to go there, having missed out on the World Cup.
“I want to play in these major tournaments.
“I don”t think I”ve missed a squad under Capello, apart from when I was injured, so I would be gutted to miss out after playing quite a big part in the campaign.
“Obviously there”s a lot of competition, so I want to try to play week in and week out and definitely have a place on that plane.”