Glen Johnson backs Liverpool stars to shine at World Cup

Glen Johnson has backed Liverpool's World Cup contingent to shine for England when the tournament gets underway in Brazil next month.

Johnson is part of the 23-man Three Lions squad alongside Anfield teammates Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, while Jon Flanagan is on the seven-strong backup list.

The England right-back is hoping that Henderson is part of the midfield alongside captain Gerrard, and is looking forward to seeing his pals in action in South America.

Johnson is also tipping Sturridge to continue his goalscoring form for his country, while also claiming that teenage winger Sterling can be the "surprise element".

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Johnson said: "It's great to see a few more Liverpool players in the England squad. Obviously Raheem and Jordan have been brilliant for us, domestically they have been fantastic.

"I'm sure [Henderson and Gerrard] will get their chance to shine out here and play their part. They have been fantastic together; they work well together when we have got the ball and when we haven't got the ball. Obviously for me seeing it every week in Liverpool, I'd like to see them play together definitely.

"Raheem, when he plays on the right or the left, he's been equally effective as well. He can bring the element of surprise and not too many players in the World Cup have played against him so hopefully that could be a positive for us and play into our hands.

“[Daniel Sturridge] is another one who has been fantastic all year. I’m sure he’s ready to fly and will try to nick as many goals as he can."

Johnson made 30 appearances for Liverpool last term, and his fellow England stars more than played their own part in a thrilling campaign that eventually finished with a runners-up spot.

Henderson won widespread plaudits for a series of dynamic displays in midfield, while Reds skipper Gerrard scored 13, despite taking up a deeper role in the side.

Meanwhile, Sterling won the club's Young Player of the Year award after contributing nine goals and Sturridge finished second in the Premier League's goalscoring charts with 21 strikes.

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