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Letter: Johnson deserves a chance for England; Striker's pace can provide key to success.

ANDREW JOHNSON deserves a go against Russia at Wembley tonight.

They need two pacy forwards to get in behind the Russian defence and get on the end of through passes from the midfield and utilise Shaun Wright-Philips' pace down the right.

AJ is just the man to do that - his pace will scare the hell out of the visitors and he proved against Israel on Saturday that he can play alongside Michael Owen successfully.

Samantha Jones, Kirkby

MAN UNITED haven't been playing too well so far this season and if we close them down, don't give them time on the ball, with some skill from Ar-teta and Tommy Grav feeding through to Yakubu and AJ we can get something from the game.

Last season they were there for the taking and then disaster struck. Rooney is going to be on the bench by all accounts, lets hope by time he comes on its too late for them.

It's not going to be easy, but it's not impossible, especially if we are all awake and raring to go and get behind the lads from the beginning.

Let's rock Goodison, and let's rock United.

Bit worried about Howard not being fit, but if he isn't then I'd go for the new guy Wessels as, given Turner's outing last time, it's probably not the best of games to throw him back into the fray again.

Mike Jones, Crosby

I CAN'T stop looking at the current Premier League table, it reminds me of the glorious Eighties.

Both the Blues and the Reds dominating the league and Manchester United floating around beneath us.

If we can do a number on the Manes on Saturday what a position we'll all be in then.

And how great would it be if we can maintain our challenge and go to Anfield in March to contest top spot.

If the Kop think that the at- * mosphere against Chelsea in Europe was good then imagine what that fixture would be like.

Merseyside, Merseyside, Merseyside. I love it.

Jack Walker, Halewood

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 12, 2007
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