"To come back to the North East, he'll get a lot of attention around here," Cattermole told the Sunderland Echo. "Sometimes that's hard to handle.
"But Johnno's a great lad and he's shown the desire to come because he wants to play.
"He's going to further his career, kick on and be a full England international all the time.
"I'm sure when the next World Cup comes along, he's going to be in it."