'Disappointed' Johnson wants regular City start
Adam Johnson has spoken of his frustration at Manchester City, with the winger admitting he was on the brink of seeking out manager Robero Mancini prior to being restored to the team for the win over Stoke.
The stellar squad at Mancini's disposal makes rotation a policy the players have to contend with. England winger Johnson has no issue with the policy but had grown frustrated after sitting out a run of games.
But he returned to the side against Stoke and showed his class with a goal in the 3-0 win.
"I was thinking of speaking to the manager because I hadn't started since the Carling Cup at Arsenal, but when I found I was starting against Stoke I was happy," Johnson said. "I don't mind the rotation system as long as you are rotating fairly and hopefully that will continue now.
"Obviously I've been awfully disappointed I haven't played all the games but since I came in I've scored five goals in five starts and that's all I can keep doing."
Johnson has one eye on Euro 2012 and is hopeful a regular run in the City side will be enough to earn him a place in Fabio Capell's squad.
"I was speaking to my dad about England because that's another thing in the back of my mind," he said. "I know Fabio Capello likes everyone to be playing every week.
"It's a major thing for me, to try and go there having missed out on the World Cup. I've just got to try and keep playing well then think about that when the time comes."