By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans have reacted amusingly on Twitter after learning that former defender Glen Johnson had withdrawn from the England squad.
Stoke City right-back Johnson was a surprise inclusion in interim manager Gareth Southgate’s first England squad to face Malta and Slovenia, but has since been ruled out with injury. Burnley’s in-form centre-back Michael Keane has replaced him.
Johnson, who has also played for Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham, had been chosen after current Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne was ruled out after picking up an injury during Saturday’s match against Swansea.
The 32-year-old was set to become a part of the Three Lions’ side for the first time since the World Cup in 2014, with his last cap coming in England’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Brazil.
Fans have reacted on Twitter on Tuesday morning, with some responding in amusing fashion while other Liverpool fans feel sorry for their former defender.
Here are a selection of their tweets:
#LFC Sad to hear Glen Johnson's forced withdrawal from England team. Apparently his lack of talent has flared up.
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) October 4, 2016
— Liam Bekker (@LiamBekkerLFC) October 4, 2016
— Liverpool News (@LFC_news_feed) October 4, 2016
— Daniel Durrance (@Durrance23) October 4, 2016
— Stuart Gray (@GrayStuart) October 4, 2016
Glen Johnson pulls out of the England squad, Luke Chadwick will be in with a shout soon
— Matthew Grassam (@MattyGrassam1) October 4, 2016
Glen Johnson injured, you cant make it up
— Sam Rees (@TheRealSamRees) October 4, 2016
@England Would rather play anyone else at RB than glen johnson 😂👀
— Wasim (@W451M97) October 4, 2016
Johnson, who has 54 England caps after making his debut back in 2003 against Denmark, was likely to act as Tottenham star Kyle Walker’s understudy but will now be forced to watch from home as England look to continue their bid in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
After moving to Merseyside for around £18.5million in 2009, Johnson made exactly 200 league and cup appearances before moving to Mark Hughes’ Stoke in 2015.
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