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Cranie: I can replace Johnson at Portsmouth

Portsmouth's England U21 star Martin Cranie says he can fill the void left by new Liverpool signing Glen Johnson.

Cranie told The News: "Being in Sweden, I have not really heard that much about what's going on at the club. I've just been catching the late news, getting the papers a couple of days later, but I did eventually hear about Glen. I think people have been expecting it.

"Obviously there's an opportunity at right-back now and I am hoping to get my chance and show what I can do. I am not going to say too much at the moment. I'm just going to get my head down and work hard when pre-season starts.

"I think it's done me a lot of good getting regular games for the England under-21s. We are playing well and hopefully can reach the final. In the past it hasn't helped me at Portsmouth not playing too many games. There have been a few different managers since I've been at the club and I don't know who is going to be in charge next season. The situation is very unclear.

"All I can do is show what I can do when pre-season starts and take it from there. I'm going to get my head down, roll up my sleeves and work hard - that's all I can do."

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