Adam Johnson wants to win a stack of England caps as compensation for missing out on a World Cup berth. The Manchester City winger found out from Fabio Capello's right-hand man Franco Baldini that he would not be part of the final 23 for South Africa.
Johnson said: "I just got a phone call from Franco Baldini saying 'sorry you did really well but you are not in the World Cup squad, so enjoy your holidays'.
"It was pretty sharp. I didn't really feel like talking. That was it really. But he said he would see me in squads in the future.
"If you had said to me when I was playing in the Championship in January, that I would be in the initial 30 for the World Cup squad I probably would have took that.
"But, obviously knowing I was in good form and City were playing well and I was playing every game...that was the only disappointment (about not being selected).
"I thought I was playing reasonably well. Maybe it came too soon, but I didn't see it that way at the time.
"Obviously a few of my team-mates were there and I'm an England fan so I wanted to see them do well."