Liverpool fullback Johnson: Hodgson rift now over

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson says he'd ended his differences with England coach Roy Hodgson.

Just 19 months ago, with Liverpool on the brink of meltdown, right-back Johnson and Hodgson were at loggerheads and barely on speaking terms.

Asked whether he feared for his England place when he discovered Hodgson was being appointed, Johnson said: “Not at all, I was not worried one bit. I was pleased for Roy that he got the job.

“Whatever happened at Liverpool happened for a reason. Obviously no one can change that but it is done and dusted.

“Yes, I spoke to Roy. We had a general chat, the same sort of chat he had with everyone else. There was never any problems. I did not feel I had to prove anything — whatever happened at Liverpool happened.

“Roy picked me for his first squad so I didn’t have to prove anything.

“When we didn’t have a manager and no one knew what the squad was going to be, it was hard to imagine we would do well at a tournament — but the players are still the same.

“Roy didn’t have long to set his plans out from the beginning but he’s done well to get lots of points across as quickly as possible.

“And many of the lads have been playing for England for a long time so it hasn’t taken them long to adapt.”

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