Bradley Johnson inspired by Norwich City team-mate John Ruddy’s international call-up
Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson admits he wants to be a part of the Canaries' growing international set.
The 25-year-old made the provisional England squad for last season's European Championship qualifier in Montenegro following an impressive Premier League start to his City career.
Johnson has since seen John Ruddy force his way into contention for a Three Lions' debut in tomorrow's friendly against Italy in Switzerland. Ruddy is one of four Norwich team-mates on international duty this week, with midfielder Wes Hoolahan forced out of the Republic of Ireland's friendly with an Achilles injury.
Johnson insists that level of recognition can only spur on the rest of Chris Hughton's squad if they impress on a consistent basis for the Canaries.
He said: 'I will try and get in the Norwich team first and if I play well for them then who knows what can happen? I got in the provisional squad last year, which was a great feeling, but I didn't quite make it.
'It's given me that incentive this year to try and get in that England squad, but I've got to play well for Norwich first and foremost and then see what happens.
'They are coming to watch us. If you do well in the Premier League you're going to get loads of people watching you.
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'It's one of the most-watched leagues in the world, the best players in the world come to this league and if we can play well against the best players every week then why not get a call-up? I'm going to concentrate on my form for Norwich and if anything happens, then it happens.'
Johnson's former Leeds' midfielder partner Robert Snodgrass is one of City's internationals featuring for Scotland against Australia tomorrow in Edinburgh.
Snodgrass has already shown glimpses of potential in the club's final few pre-season fixtures and Johnson has promised Norwich fans the 24-year-old summer signing is an excellent addition.
He said: 'He is a terrific player – I think he has proved that at Leeds. He used to play most of the time on the wing, which he did brilliantly for Leeds.
'I've seen him tear up a few players there. When we played the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal he has done really well.
'I think he can come into this team, I know he is playing a different role behind the striker, but he is a great player and hopefully he can have a successful season with Norwich. Snods is a player who you can put anywhere and he will do a job for the team.
'He works hard and he has got that something special which he can pull out of the bag now and again. He scored some great goals for Leeds but he has come in and he wants to do well for this club.'