Bradley right for Fulham - Johnson

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United States head coach Bob Bradley would be a perfect replacement for Roy Hodgson, according to Fulham striker Eddie Johnson.

Bradley is reportedly on a three-man shortlist for the post along with Switzerland's Ottmar Hitzfeld and former England and Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson. On Wednesday Eriksson appeared to distance himself from claims he was about to take the post when he revealed he was considering an offer to extend his contract as Ivory Coast head coach.

"Bob could do a good job at Fulham," said Johnson, who missed out on Bradley's squad for the World Cup despite being a regular for his country under the coach since 2006.

"If you look at the statistics then it's plain to see that he has done a good job with the US. They did well in the World Cup, won their group and played really well and that's all down to him.

"He's a very similar manager to Roy. He plays attractive football but also organises his team in a defined shape that is hard to play against.

"They are similar in a lot of ways. The training sessions are very similar and their style on the pitch is.

"Bob was always keen to come over to Europe to see how the game was over there and he has been over to Fulham's training ground a couple of times and has seen how Roy coached Fulham. I think that made their styles similar."

Johnson marked his return from a season-long loan with Greek side FC Aris by scoring in Fulham's first pre-season friendly against Brentford on Wednesday night.

The American, who spent the previous season on loan at Cardiff, has now set his sights on pushing for a first-team place although he faces tough competition from Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson, David Elm, Diomansy Kamara and Zoltan Gera.

"Being on loan in Greece was good for me," he said. "It was a good league, a good standard. The target now is for me to get a first-team spot."

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