Glen Johnson (English footballer)
Johnson playing for Liverpool in 2011
|Full name||Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson|
|Date of birth||23 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Greenwich, London, England|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2000–2002||West Ham United|
|2002–2003||West Ham United||15||(0)|
|2002||→ Millwall (loan)||8||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Portsmouth (loan)||26||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:07, 11 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson (born Glen McLeod Cooper Stephens; 23 August 1984) is an English footballer, who plays as a defender for Liverpool and the England national team. Johnson has previously played for West Ham United, Millwall, Chelsea and Portsmouth. He has also been capped 54 times by the national team.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Community work
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Known as Glen Stephens at the time of his birth, he took his mother's surname following the separation of his parents. His parents Wendy Johnson and John Stephens named him after former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle. He was born in Greenwich, South East London and grew up in Dartford, Kent where he attended Temple Hill Primary School  and then Leigh CTC School. He was raised by his mother and grew up with his younger brother and older half-sister. At one stage of his childhood, he lived in a hostel as his mother had nowhere to live. Johnson credits his mother with helping him develop a football career, he said "She had a tough time, bringing up three kids as a single parent with no help apart from the goodwill of close friends, and there were times when we had nowhere to stay.
"At one point we were homeless and staying in a hostel, but once mum got herself on her feet after a few hard years, and passed her driving test so she could take me to football every week, that gave us a fresh start."
West Ham United
Johnson was a product of the West Ham United youth system, becoming a 15 year-old first year scholar in 2000. He signed a three-year professional contract for the Hammers on 1 August 2001, close to his 16th birthday, and was given the number 23 shirt. In the 2001–02 season, he made regular Reserves appearances for West Ham, but was unable to break into the first team. He eventually signed an initial four-week loan deal with local rivals Millwall on 17 October 2002, making his Championship debut in an away loss against Norwich City on 19 October. His loan was twice extended by a month, before he was recalled early to Upton Park after having spent seven weeks at The Den, his final appearance in a Millwall shirt coming in another away defeat to Crystal Palace on 7 November. His Premiership and West Ham debut came on 22 January 2003 in another away defeat to a London club, this time against Charlton Athletic, when he came on for midfielder Édouard Cissé. He made a total of 15 League appearances — and a solitary FA Cup appearance — in the 2002–03 season, becoming a more significant member of the West Ham side as the year went on. He even signed a new four-year deal to remain in east London on 18 March 2003, appearing keen to help keep the club in the top flight. However, his last outing in a Hammers shirt was to come on the final day of the season, 11 May 2003, in an away draw with Birmingham City — the must-win match which saw his club relegated to the Championship.
Two months after West Ham United's relegation, Johnson joined London rivals Chelsea, signing on 15 July for a fee of £6 million. The first purchase of the Abramovich era, he made his debut on 13 August in an away win against Žilina in the 2003–04 Champions League — and his first Chelsea goal came in the corresponding home leg two weeks later. His league debut came on 17 August in an Anfield win against Liverpool, but he had to wait until 9 November for his first League goal, netting the opener of a 5–0 romp over Newcastle United. He eventually made 63 appearances in all competitions over the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons. In Chelsea's FA Cup fifth round clash against Newcastle United in the latter season, Blues' goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was sent off late in the match for a tackle outside the box. Johnson went in goal (as Chelsea had used all three substitutions and couldn't call on Petr Čech from the bench) and saved the free-kick. He held on to keep a clean sheet. However a goal had already been scored by Newcastle and they held on to win 1–0 and knock Chelsea out of the cup. He picked up a winner's medal when he came on as a second half substitute for Chelsea in the 2005 Football League Cup Final, a game which Chelsea went on to win after extra time. He also made 16 appearances, enough for a medal, as Chelsea won the 2004–05 Premier League, but he was to miss out on a medal for their success in the next season after managing only 4 appearances in the league because of thigh injury.
As the 2005–06 season unfolded, Johnson was still only a squad player at Chelsea with Paulo Ferreira being the regular at right-back. Johnson made one appearance in the Premier League for Chelsea that season, starting the 4–0 win against West Bromwich Albion in place of Ferreira. Versatile squad player Geremi also provided extra competition for Johnson at right-back under José Mourinho. As a result, Johnson joined Portsmouth in a season long loan in June 2006. In January 2007, while still at loan to Portsmouth, Johnson was caught trying to steal bathroom fittings from a B&Q store, most famously switching a more expensive toilet seat into a cheaper box. Johnson received an on the spot fine of £80 by the police. On his return to Chelsea, Johnson started the 2007 Community Shield and the opening Premier League game of the season at home to Birmingham City.
On 31 August 2007, transfer deadline day, Johnson signed for Portsmouth on a four-year contract, for a fee believed to be £4 million. He was handed a start in the first match after his transfer, a 3–1 defeat at Arsenal and became the club's regular right-back.
He played in and won the 2008 FA Cup Final. Shortly after Johnson's cup success, he and Portsmouth substitute goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown had their winner's medals stolen. However, after the medals were never returned, the FA remade medals for Johnson and Ashdown. On 22 November 2008, Johnson scored a 30-yard screamer with his left foot against Hull City, a goal which won Match of the Day's Goal of the Month award for November, and later won the Goal of the Season award.
Johnson seemed to have ended speculation that he would move to Liverpool for a rumoured amount of £9 million by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract with Portsmouth on 9 January 2009, although speculation once again suggested that Johnson could make a big money move to Liverpool in the near future; this was reaffirmed in late April 2009
On 22 April 2009, at the age of 24, Johnson was the youngest member of Times Online's Top 50 Portsmouth players list.
A Portsmouth representative confirmed on 13 June 2009 that a "sizeable bid" had been received for Johnson, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City being mooted as possible suitors. On 16 June 2009, Portsmouth agreed a bid believed to be £17.5 million from Liverpool. However, two days later Portsmouth confirmed they had also accepted a bid from Chelsea and it was up to the player as to who he wanted to join. Liverpool were believed to have tabled the £10m bid on the basis that they were still owed £7m by Portsmouth from the purchase of Peter Crouch in the summer of 2008, with Liverpool willing to reduce the fee owed on signing Johnson. On 22 June 2009, Liverpool announced the transfer and on 26 June 2009, Johnson signed a four-year contract. He was officially unveiled on 9 July 2009.
On 15 July 2009, he made his Liverpool debut in the pre-season match against St. Gallen which ended as a 0–0 draw and his home debut in a friendly against Atlético Madrid. Johnson made his Premier League debut on 16 August 2009 in a 2–1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
On his home league debut for Liverpool on 19 August 2009, Johnson put in a man-of-the-match performance against Stoke City scoring his first goal for the club while also getting an assist in a game where he caused countless problems for the opposition defence. On 29 August, Johnson scored his second goal for Liverpool in a 3–2 win against Bolton Wanderers.
On 30 December 2009, Johnson sustained a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a league fixture against Aston Villa, which Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said would keep him out of action for at least a month. On his return from injury in March, Johnson returned to form, scoring his third goal for the club against Sunderland at Anfield. Johnson went on to make 8 more appearances for the rest of the season, including helping Liverpool reach the semi finals of the UEFA Europa League. Johnson played 35 times and scored 3 goals in his debut season with the Reds.
On the opening day of the 2010–2011 season, he started and played the full 90 minutes against Arsenal at Anfield in a 1–1 draw.
In November 2010, Johnson received criticism from manager Roy Hodgson who felt his performances during the season had not been of international standard. Johnson held clear-the-air talks with Hodgson and the pair have since played down the row. He scored his first goal of the 2010-11 Premier League season on 20 November 2010 against West Ham United at Anfield in a 3–0 win, after returning from being out with a groin strain. On 5 January 2011, Johnson started and played the full 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a rather disappointing 3–1 defeat.
On 8 January 2011, in response to criticism from former England midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, Johnson posted on his Twitter feed, "Comments from alcoholic drug abusers are not really gonna upset me and who is Paul Merson to judge players, he was average at the best of times." He later deleted the comment. Under former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish Johnson has been used as a left back and left wing back. The move to the left has seen Johnson rediscover good form and he has put in some great performances under Dalglish, including in the 1–0 win over ex club Chelsea. Johnson then had an injury against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns but recovered before the end of the season to play in the final four games of the season including a 5–2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
On 6 July 2011, Johnson signed a contract extension at Liverpool, the length of which was not disclosed by the club. On 20 November 2011, Johnson scored a solo goal against his former club, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after being set up by Charlie Adam. This proved to be the decisive goal, with Liverpool winning 2–1. On 26 February 2012, he helped Liverpool to win their first trophy since 2006 as they won the 2012 Football League Cup Final, playing the full game, hitting the crossbar in the opening minutes and scoring his penalty in the penalty shoot-out, winning his first trophy for Liverpool. On 9 December 2012, Johnson scored Liverpool's first goal in a 3-2 win over his old club West Ham United. He played a total of 36 league games that season with Liverpool, beating his previous record of 28.
Johnson started Liverpool's 2013-14 season well, but was out injured after a clash in the match against Manchester United. Upon his return, he has been a regular in the starting XI. He captained Liverpool against West Ham for the reminder of the game after Steven Gerrard was taken off after 55 minutes. He assisted Luis Suarez's 14th goal of the campaign in the same match.
Early Career and Under-21s
Following a poor performance in England's friendly in Denmark in August 2005 he lost his position as Gary Neville's understudy in the squad to Luke Young, who played in both the subsequent World Cup qualifiers. Johnson did not make any further England appearances under Sven-Göran Eriksson or his successor Steve McClaren but was named in Fabio Capello's first squad in January 2008.
2010 World Cup
During England's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, he cemented his place as the squad's first choice right-back. Johnson scored his first goal for England in a friendly match against Mexico on 24 May 2010 at Wembley Stadium, which ended 3–1 to England.
In February 2011, Johnson began England's new calendar year by assisting Ashley Young's winning goal in a 2–1 victory over Denmark in Copenhagen. On 29 March 2011, he started the friendly match against Ghana at Wembley Stadium but was substituted off at half-time for Joleon Lescott in the 1–1 draw. On 4 June 2011, Johnson played the full 90 minutes in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland in the 2–2 draw at Wembley.
On 16 May 2012, Johnson was named in new England manager Roy Hodgson's UEFA Euro 2012 squad. After missing England's 1-0 friendly win against Norway through injury, he played in England's second warm-up game; a 1-0 win against Belgium at Wembley. He featured in all three of England's group games at the tournament, helping England to win their group with a draw against France, and wins against Sweden and Ukraine. On Sunday 24 June 2012, he started for England in their quarter-final fixture with Italy and played well throughout the match with some great blocks and tackles, however the game finished goalless and headed into the extra-time period and still no action happened and then the dreaded penalty shootout started and the Italians eventually prevailed 4-2 after Ashley Young and Ashley Cole both missed for the Three Lions.
2014 World Cup
- As of 11 May 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||West Ham United||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2002–03||Millwall (loan)||Division 1||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0|
|West Ham United||Premier League||15||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||16||0|
National team statistics
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (June 2014)|
- As of 19 June 2014
|England national team|
- Scores and results list England's goal tally first.
|1||24 May 2010||Wembley Stadium, London, England||Mexico||3–1||3–1||Friendly match||1|
In 2007, Johnson set up the Glen Johnson Soccer School alongside Sam Taylor, a former player of West Ham United. The soccer school is based in Dartford, Kent, and its primary focus is training and development within local schools and one of his students is currently at West Ham United.
- PFA Team of the Year (1): 2009
- Portsmouth Goal of the Season (1): 2008–09
- Match of the Day Goal of the Season (1): 2008–09
- Portsmouth Player of the Season Award (1): 2008–09
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- "Johnson signs on". Millwall F.C. 2002-12-12. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
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- "Birmingham 2–2 West Ham Match Report". BBC Sport. 2003-05-11. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Johnson seals Chelsea move". BBC Sport. 2003-07-15. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Chelsea 3–0 MŠK Žilina Match Report". BBC Sport. 2003-08-26. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "Liverpool 1–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 2003-08-17. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "Chelsea 5–0 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 2003-08-17. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
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- "Portsmouth sign full-back Johnson". BBC Sport. 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
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- "Medal thieves won't spoil another FA Cup final for Glen Johnson if Liverpool win". Daily Mail (London).
- "Match of the Day; Goal of the season". BBC News. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
- "Johnson signs contract". BBC Sport. 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
- "Benitez must sell before buying". BBC Sport. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
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- "Giggs wins Player of Year award". Premierleague.com. Retrieved 2010-04-19.
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- "Benitez unfazed by Johnson price". BBC Sport. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
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- "Johnson signs four year deal". Liverpoolfc.tv. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
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- "Liverpool 4 – 0 Stoke". BBC. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009.
- Hughes, Ian (29 August 2009). "Bolton 2 – 3 Liverpool". BBC. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
- "Liverpool's Glen Johnson is ruled out for a month". The Guardian (London). 31 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Liverpool boss Hodgson criticises Glen Johnson's form". BBC Sport. 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- "Johnson clears the air with Roy". Sky Sports. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- Hunter, Andy (2010-11-22). "Liverpool back on song as West Ham fans pour mockery on Avram Grant". Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-11-22.
- Mirror, Football (2011-01-08). "Liverpool defender Johnson sparks Merson row on Twitter". The Mirror (London). Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- McNulty, Phil. "Chelsea 1 – 2 Liverpool". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "Cardiff 2–2 Liverpool (Liverpool win 3–2 on penalties)" BBC Sport. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- "West Ham 2-3 Liverpool". BBC Sport. 9 December 2012.
- McNulty, Phil (2010-05-24). "England 3–1 Mexico". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- "England Euro 2012 squad: Ruddy, Carroll & Defoe in, Ferdinand out" BBC Sport. 16 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Norway 0-1 England" BBC Sport. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "England 1-0 Belgium" BBC Sport. 2 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "France 1-1 England" BBC Sport. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "Sweden 2-3 England" BBC Sport. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "England 1-0 Ukraine" BBC Sport. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- "England World Cup squad 2014: Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling called up". 12 May 2014work=Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- "Glen Johnson Career Stats". Soccerbase. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
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