Sunderland winger Adam Johnson fluffed his England audition in front of Roy Hodgson yesterday.

Black Cats boss Gus Poyet urged England boss Roy Hodgson, who was at the Stadium of Light, not to judge Johnson on what he saw on Saturday after he was forced to play a different role in the wake of Wes Brown's dismissal.

He said: "Listen, I'm sure that Roy knows enough about football to realise that he needed to play in a different position because he was needed.

"He tried his best, so maybe he will need to come back another day and see him play in a normal game."

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