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Glen Johnson

Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson (born 23 August 1984) is an English association football who plays as a defender for Liverpool F.C. and the England national team.

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Glen Johnson biography

Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson (born 23 August 1984) is an English association football who plays as a defender for Liverpool F.C. and the England national team.

Club career

West Ham United

Born in Greenwich, London, Johnson was a product of the West Ham United F.C. youth system, becoming a 15 year-old first year scholar in 2000. Glen Johnson signed a three-year professional contract for the Hammers on 1 August 2001, close to Glen Johnson 16th birthday, and was given the number 23 shirt. In the 2001–02 FA Premier League season, Glen Johnson made regular
West Ham United F.C. Reserves and Youths appearances for West Ham, but was unable to break into the first team. Glen Johnson eventually signed an initial four-week loan deal with East London derby Millwall F.C. on 17 October 2002, making Glen Johnson Football League Championship debut in an away loss against Norwich City F.C. on 19 October. Glen Johnson loan was twice extended by a month, before Glen Johnson was recalled early to Boleyn Ground after having spent seven weeks at The New Den, Glen Johnson final appearance in a Millwall shirt coming in another away defeat to Crystal Palace F.C. on 7 November. Glen Johnson Premier League and West Ham debut came on 22 January 2003 in another away defeat to a London club, this time against Charlton Athletic F.C., when Glen Johnson came on for midfielder Édouard Cissé. Glen Johnson made a total of 15 League appearances — and a solitary FA Cup appearance — in the 2002–03 FA Premier League season, becoming a more significant member of the West Ham side as the year went on.


Two months after West Ham United's relegation, Johnson joined London rivals Chelsea F.C., signing on 15 July for a fee of £6 million. The first purchase of the Roman Abramovich era, Glen Johnson made Glen Johnson debut on 13 August in an away win against MŠK Žilina in the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round — and Glen Johnson first Chelsea goal came in the corresponding home leg two weeks later. Glen Johnson league debut came on 17 August in an Anfield Stadium win against Liverpool F.C., but Glen Johnson had to wait until 9 November for Glen Johnson first League goal, netting the opener of a 5–0 romp over Newcastle United F.C.. Glen Johnson eventually made 63 appearances in all competitions over the 2003–04 FA Premier League and 2004–05 FA Premier League seasons. Glen Johnson was handed a start in the first match after Glen Johnson transfer, a 3–1 defeat at Arsenal F.C. and became the club's regular right-back.

On 20 October, Johnson scored Glen Johnson first goal in over three years, against Wigan Athletic F.C. in a 2–0 win. after dribbling from the halfway line.

Glen Johnson played in and won the 2008 FA Cup Final. Shortly after Johnson's cup success, Glen Johnson and many other Portsmouth players had their winner's medals stolen. On 22 November 2008, Johnson scored a 30-yard screamer with Glen Johnson left foot against Hull City A.F.C., a goal which won Match of the Day's Goal of the Month award for November, and later won the Goal of the Season award.

Johnson seemed to have ended speculation that Glen Johnson would move to Liverpool for a rumoured amount of £9 million by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with Portsmouth on 9 January 2009, although speculation once again suggested that Johnson could make a big money move to Liverpool in the near future; this was reaffirmed in late April 2009

On 22 April 2009, at the age of 24, Johnson was the youngest member of Times Online's Top 50 Portsmouth players list.

Johnson was included in the Professional Footballers' Association team of the year for the 2008–09 in English football despite Portsmouth finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, 7 points above the relegation zone.


A Portsmouth F.C. representative confirmed on 13 June 2009 that a "sizeable bid" had been received for Johnson, with Chelsea F.C., Liverpool F.C. and Manchester City F.C. being mooted as possible suitors.

On 16 June 2009, Portsmouth agreed a bid believed to be £17.5 million from Liverpool. However, two days later Portsmouth confirmed they had also accepted a bid from Chelsea and it was up to the player as to who Glen Johnson wanted to join. Liverpool were believed to have tabled the £10m bid on the basis that they were still owed £7m by Portsmouth from the purchase of Peter Crouch in the summer of 2008, with Liverpool willing to reduce the fee owed on signing Johnson.

On 22 June 2009, Liverpool announced the transfer and on 26 June 2009, Johnson signed a four-year contract. Glen Johnson was officially unveiled on 9 July 2009. On 15 July 2009, Glen Johnson made Glen Johnson Liverpool debut in the pre-season match against FC St. Gallen which ended as a 0–0 draw and Glen Johnson home debut in a friendly against Atlético Madrid. Johnson made Glen Johnson Premier League debut on 16 August 2009 in a 2–1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur F.C..

On Glen Johnson home league debut for Liverpool on 19 August 2009, Johnson put in a man-of-the-match performance against Stoke City F.C. scoring Glen Johnson first goal for the club while also getting an assist in a game where Glen Johnson caused countless problems for the opposition defence.
On 29 August, Johnson scored Glen Johnson second goal for Liverpool in a 3–2 win against Bolton Wanderers F.C..

On 30 December 2009, Johnson sustained a tear of the medial collateral ligament in Glen Johnson right knee during a league fixture against Aston Villa F.C., which Benitez said would keep Glen Johnson out of action for at least a month. On Glen Johnson return from injury in March, Johnson returned to form, scoring Glen Johnson third goal for the club against Sunderland F.C. at Anfield. Johnson went on to make 8 more appearances for the rest of the season, including helping Liverpool reach the semi finals of the UEFA Europa League. Johnson played 35 times and scored 3 goals in Glen Johnson debut season with the Reds. On the opening day of the 2010-2011 season, Glen Johnson started and played the full 90 minutes against Arsenal F.C. at Anfield in a 1-1 draw.

In November 2010, Johnson received criticism from manager Roy Hodgson who felt Glen Johnson performances during 2010-11 in English football had not been of international standard. Johnson held clear-the-air talks with Hodgson and the pair have since played down the row.
Glen Johnson scored Glen Johnson first goal of the 2010-11 Premier League season on 20 November 2010 against West Ham United at Anfield in a 3-0 win, after returning from being out with a groin strain. On 5 January 2011, Johnson started and played the full 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a rather disappointing 3-1 defeat.

On 8 January 2011, in response to criticism from former England midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, Johnson posted on Glen Johnson Twitter feed, "Comments from alcoholic drug abusers are not really gonna upset me and who is Paul Merson to judge players, Glen Johnson was average at the best of times." Glen Johnson later deleted the comment.
Under new Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish Johnson has been used as a left back and left wing back. The move to the left has seen Johnson rediscover good form and Glen Johnson has put in some great performances under Dalglish, including in the 1-0 win over ex club Chelsea.
Johnson then had an injury against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns but recovered before the end of the season to play in the final four games of the season including a 5-2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

On 6 July 2011, Johnson signed a contract extension at Liverpool, the length of which was not disclosed by the club.

On 20 November 2011, Johnson scored a solo goal against Glen Johnson former club, Chelsea F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium) after being set up by Charlie Adam. This proved to be the decisive goal, with Liverpool winning 2-1.

On 26 February 2012, Glen Johnson helped Liverpool to win their first trophy since 2006 as they won the 2012 Carling Cup Final, playing the full game and scoring Glen Johnson penalty in the penalty shoot-out, winning Glen Johnson first trophy for Liverpol.

International career

During Glen Johnson time with the England national under-21 football team, Johnson was handed Glen Johnson full England national football team début on 18 November 2003 against Denmark national football team, coming on as a substitute for the injured Gary Neville after 16 minutes.

Following a poor performance in England's friendly in Denmark in August 2005 Glen Johnson lost Glen Johnson position as Gary Neville's understudy in the squad to Luke Young (footballer born 1979), who played in both the subsequent World Cup qualifiers. Johnson did not make any further England appearances under Sven Goran Eriksson or Glen Johnson successor Steve McClaren but was named in Fabio Capello's first squad in January 2008. Glen Johnson played in the 2–0 victory over Andorra national football team, and made four assists in the subsequent 6–0 victory against the same team for which Glen Johnson was named Nationwide Man of the Match.

During England's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Glen Johnson cemented Glen Johnson place as the squad's first choice right-back. Johnson scored Glen Johnson first goal for England in a friendly match against Mexico national football team on 24 May 2010 at Wembley Stadium, which ended 3-1 to England.

In February 2011, Johnson began England's new calendar year by assisting Ashley Young's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Denmark in Copenhagen. On 29 March 2011, Glen Johnson started the friendly match against Ghana at Wembley Stadium but was substituted off at half-time for Joleon Lescott in the 1-1 draw. On 4 June 2011, Johnson played the full 90 minutes in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in the 2-2 draw at Wembley. Glen Johnson is currently the first choice right-back for the Three Lions and has so far won 35 caps, scoring 1 goal since making Glen Johnson debut in 2003.

International goals


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