Liverpool fullback Johnson: I had to leave Chelsea to play for England

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson says he had to leave Chelsea to fulfil his England ambitions.

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson says he had to leave Chelsea to fulfil his England ambitions.

The 28-year old notched up just five caps in his first five years, but in the last five has collected a further 41.

He said: “When I was at Chelsea, the England manager Sven- Goran Eriksson said to me that he wanted to pick me but he couldn’t because I wasn’t playing regular first-team football.

“So if I had been playing more regular football, I probably would have got even more caps. That obviously wasn’t to be. But I made my decision that I needed to leave Chelsea.

“I knew I was capable of playing at this level but I had to prove it and I had to leave Chelsea to do that.”

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