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Eddie Johnson wants to go out on loan

last updated Wednesday 09th December 2009, 9:17 AM
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Fulham striker Eddie Johnson wants to go on loan in a bid to salvage his World Cup dreams.

The Fulham striker made only his 10th appearance for the Whites since his switch from MLS side Kansas City Wizards two seasons ago as a substitute in Sunday's draw at West Ham.

But while team-mate Clint Dempsey has been a hit with the US national team, Johnson has found himself frozen out since his move to SW6.

And with his country within touching distance of next year's World Cup finals in South Africa, he's desperate to get some game time to force his way back into boss Bob Bradley's plans.

Johnson spent last campaign on a season-long loan at Cardiff City, scoring two goals, and admits he's considering another stint away from Craven Cottage to try and get on the plane to South Africa.

He said: "Every player wants to play for their country in the World Cup, and I haven't been a part of the US team as much as I used to be before I came here.

"I've been out of the set-up for a while - my last cap was seven months ago. There's a lot of players ahead of me in the pecking order, but I just need to keep working hard.

"The US manager already knows what I can do, it's just a matter of me playing regular, first-team football.

"I want to be playing week in, week out, because it's going to help my confidence. If it means going on loan or getting some game time here, then so be it."

Johnson has one year left on his deal at the Cottage, but has found his playing chances limited following the arrivals of Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora.

The Florida-born frontman acknowledges he's been a flop so far with Roy Hodgson's side, but is doing everything he can to convince his manager he's still got a future with the Whites.

"I can be the first one to put my hand up and admit my confidence wasn't as high when I first came over," he said.

"It was a situation where we needed results and points really quickly. I came back the next season and the gaffer brought in some new strikers, and thought it best for me to go on loan because he didn't see me playing any time soon.

"I've been working on on my finishing and runs. We play a certain style and I worked hard on trying to learn that during pre-season to convince the manager I'm still fit for this club."

Johnson had a gilt-edged chance to give his boss something to think about with the last kick of the game at Upton Park on Sunday, but screwed his shot wide as it ended all square.

He added: "My playing here has been limited, so it was good to get on in a crucial game. I didn't know my chance would come, and if it was a better strike it, goes in."







































































Source Jacob Murtagh at London Informer
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