Sunderland winger Adam Johnson says he still has his sights set on the World Cup in Brazil this summer, even though it would be a tall order.

Johnson, 26, who netted a hat-trick in Sunderland's 4-1 win against Fulham yesterday, told reporters after the match that the thought of getting into Roy Hogdson's final England World Cup squad was still a possibility.

"It's always in the back of my mind, I felt the door was closed as each week went on, but hopefully I can keep playing like this." he told reporters.

Johnson, who has 12 England caps to date, has not played for The Three Lions since August 2012.

However, he said, if he continues to work hard this season, there is every chance that he can play for his country in a World Cup.

"Hopefully I can force my way back into the squad. I've been working hard and, at the beginning of 2014, I said it was a new year, a new start and time to get back to how I had been playing in the past."

Since his £10 million move from Manchester City at the beginning of last season, Johnson has failed to make quite the impact that was expected of him when he put pen to paper on a four-year-deal.

However his role in yesterday's 4-1 win at Craven Cottage means he can challenge for a seat on England's World Cup plane, and his chances have been further boosted by the injury to Arsenal's Theo Walcott.

 

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