England unaffected by Johnson toe woes

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Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson admits he is still troubled by the problematic toe infection that threatened to disrupt his Euro 2012 inclusion, but has vowed to continue playing through the pain barrier to ensure England's qualification from Group D this summer.

The 27-year-old defender picked up the injury at the back end of the domestic campaign, and needed a series of painkilling injections to get through the closing stages of the Premier League calendar.

After being included in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for the major finals in Poland and Ukraine, Johnson is determined to seize his opportunity, having been passed fit by the national team's medical staff.

"For the last four Premier League games I had a toe infection and was playing with three injections just to kill the pain," he explained. "I've been on anti-biotics for pretty much five weeks now.

"It's still there (the pain) but it is manageable. I came off them (the anti-biotics) for five days and it got a lot worse so I'm still on them.

"I'm training but it is sore after games. They (the anti-biotics) are obviously doing something. It's still there. But we are in the European Championships. I'm not going to let my little toe stop me from playing.

"We've got two more group games and you want to enjoy your moments and give it your hardest every game."

Johnson started England's opening game against France in Donetsk on Monday, and played well as the Three Lions stifled the attacking threat of Les Bleus for the majority of the encounter.

Now, with attention turning to Friday's match against Sweden in Kiev, the Reds stopper is hoping for an even more positive result that will trump their opening 1-1 draw.

"They [France] are a fantastic side and I think the lads did well to dig in and show good character," he added. "It was difficult, it was very hot.

"They had the majority of the possession so we are doing the harder work. We go into every game trying to win but it was a good point."

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