Sunderland star Adam Johnson is capable of making a late charge for England’s World Cup squad, according to Black Cats boss Gus Poyet.
The former Manchester City winger scored his first top-flight hat-trick as Sunderland won 4-1 at relegation rivals Fulham, breathing new life into their hopes of beating the drop.
And Poyet believes Johnson has what it takes to be part of Roy Hodgson’s plans in Brazil this summer.
He said: “I will try to help put him there. Am I looking forward to him playing against Uruguay? No! I will have to send some messages about him!
“I think he’s a terrific lad. He needs to play for a team that passes the ball and gives him the ball at the right time.
“In the last two to three weeks, it’s been working better for us and it’s allowed Johnno to perform.
“If Johnno makes the World Cup, we will stay in the Premier League for sure.”
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