Johnson keen on England role

World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson has been rumoured to be interested in taking over England’s managerial reigns.

Since lifting the Webb Ellis trophy, the former Leicester Tiger has enjoyed a three-year spell away from the game.

But after witnessing the world champions’ so far dismal campaign in France, the lock is apparently keen to return on a strategy-based role alongside coach Brian Ashton.

Johnson has yet to comment on the reports, but Darren Grewcock, who spent several years with the player at Leicester, has revealed the emotions that Johnson has been harbouring.

“He feels hurt and humiliated by the performances,” Grewcock said, speaking to the Daily Mail.

“The last few days since the South Africa game have been killing him.”

England’s defence of their World crown reaches crisis point this Saturday when they take on Samoa at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

And Brian Ashton’s side must beat the Islanders and also Tonga the following week just to qualify for the quarter-finals.

“Johnno is driven by many things but never self glory. But he’s made it very clear that he is now at a stage where he could be persuaded to do something about it, but only if the conditions are absolutely right,” Grewcock added.

“He is ready as long as the timing is right and that will come after the World Cup.”


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