Liverpool fullback Johnson happy working with Capello

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson is pleased to have the confidence of England boss Fabio Capello.

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson is pleased to have the confidence of England boss Fabio Capello.

Steve McClaren's ill-fated reign in charge of England put Johnson's international career on hold, but the full-back has been a regular in the Three Lions' set-up since Capello took control in January 2008.

"It's always nice when a manager shows he believes in you - it gives you that extra bit of confidence," he said.

"There are times when I have a licence to get forward, and help the team out in an attacking sense, but a defender's primary objective is to defend.

"Fabio is a great manager and a nice man. He's fantastic with the lads. He let's everyone know when it's time to knuckle down and get the job done and I think the boys have responded to that. His training regime is spot on and his tactics are second to none.

"Fabio tells us regularly that on our day we can beat anyone. He gets the best out of the boys and has definitely instilled a lot of confidence in the squad. I've been lucky enough to work with some great managers like Jose Mourinho, Harry Redknapp, Rafa Benitez and Fabio.

"They are all very different and have their own ideas but I've learned from them all."