Glen Johnson admits he is 'grateful' to be back in the England team following a difficult period in his career.

The Reds defender played 90 minutes in Saturday's 1-0 friendly victory over Spain after missing the start of 2011-12 through injury.

Some had called for in-form Manchester City right-back Micah Richards to get a call but Fabio Capello stuck with his regular and trusted No.2.

"I'm very grateful," said Johnson, who earned his 35th cap versus the world champions.

"I've had some disappointing times with the injuries but hopefully that is behind me now.

"All I want to do is play football. Some days you have good days and think 'I'm getting there' and the next day you'll have a bad day, so there's lots of up and downs. But hopefully the worst is behind me now.

"I wasn't thinking about anything to be honest. I was just thinking about the injury and myself. I'm confident in my ability and the main objective was to get back fit.

"In every position you are going to get people who want one person to play and others who want someone else to play. That's the industry we're in and there's nothing I can do about that but all I can do is worry about myself and take it from there."

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