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IT seems that Adam Johnson still has the chance to become England's World Cup surprise inclusion when Roy Hodgson watches him on Saturday after his sensational run of for m.

Hodgson is making his first trip to Sunderland as England manager to watch Johnson against Hull, following his eight goals in as many games during their recent revival under Gus Poyet.

Johnson scored Sunderland's second goal at St James' Park against rivals Newcastle, and is looking more like the player who Manchester City signed for big money.

But I have to wonder about the wisdom of an international manager coming out and saying he is going to watch any player.

As far as I'm concerned it only serves to heap pressure on the shoulders of the individual who then fears he could be judged solely on the basis of that one game and it can hit their form.

Roy must already know all about Johnson. He will have every stat possible at hand and will have had the luxury of watching his performances on DVD.

By all means go and watch him in person, that's important, but don't broadcast it beforehand. It could have the reverse effect on the lad.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 7, 2014
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