Sunderland's Johnson still harbours Brazil ambitions
The Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has declared that his aim is to make England's World Cup squad following his hat-trick in today's Premier League thumping of Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Johnson, 26, has been a peripheral figure for his country since Roy Hodgson took the mantle but his recent goalscoring exploits have led to calls for the England boss to consider the ex-Manchester City man for the troublesome left winger role.
With 11 caps already to his name, Johnson hasn't played for his country since 2012 but his spearheading of Sunderland's attempted revival could see that number increase.
Speaking with BBC Sport, Johnson said: "It's always in the back of my mind. I felt the door was closed as each week went on , but hopefully I can keep playing like this."
He continued: "...at the beginning of 2014 I said it was a new year, a new start and time to get back to how I had been playing in the past."
With the injury to Theo Walcott offering other wide players the chance to stake their claims for inclusion for Brazil, Johnson has propelled himself back into contention.