35 Facts About Glen Johnson


Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson is an English former professional footballer who played predominantly as a right back.


Glen Johnson spent six seasons at Anfield making 200 appearances which included victory in the 2012 League Cup Final.


Glen Johnson joined Stoke City in July 2015 on a free transfer, and made 64 appearances over three seasons before retiring.


Glen Johnson was capped 54 times by the England national team from 2003 to 2014.


Glen Johnson was selected in England's squads for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and UEFA Euro 2012.


Glen Johnson was born in Greenwich, London, and grew up in Dartford, Kent, where he attended Temple Hill Primary School and then Leigh CTC School.


Glen Johnson was raised by his mother and grew up with his younger brother and older half-sister.

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Glen Johnson was a product of the West Ham United youth system managed by Tony Carr from the age of nine, becoming a 15-year-old first year scholar in 2000.


Glen Johnson signed a three-year professional contract with the club on 1 August 2001, close to his 17th birthday.


Glen Johnson eventually signed an initial four-week loan deal with local rivals Millwall on 17 October 2002, making his First Division debut in an away loss against Norwich City on 19 October.


Glen Johnson 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.


In Chelsea's FA Cup fifth-round match against Newcastle United in the following season, goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini was sent off late in the match, and with no substitutions remaining, Glen Johnson went in goal.


Glen Johnson made 16 appearances, enough for a medal, as they won the Premier League title in this season, but he was to miss out on a medal for their success in the next season after managing only four appearances in the league.


Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth on a season-long loan in June 2006.


On his return to Chelsea, Glen Johnson started the 2007 FA Community Shield, which Chelsea lost to Manchester United, and the opening Premier League match of the season at home to Birmingham City.


On 22 November 2008, Glen 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.


On 22 June 2009, Liverpool announced the transfer and on 26 June 2009, Glen Johnson signed a four-year contract.


On his home league debut for Liverpool on 19 August 2009, Glen Johnson put in a man-of-the-match performance against Stoke City scoring his first goal for the club while getting an assist in a match where he caused countless problems for the opposition defence.


On 30 December 2009, Glen Johnson sustained a tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during a league fixture against Aston Villa, which then-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said would keep him out of action for at least a month.


Glen Johnson went on to make eight more appearances for the rest of the season, including helping Liverpool reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League where they were knocked out by Atletico Madrid.


Glen Johnson played 35 times and scored three goals in his debut season with the Reds.


Glen Johnson held clear-the-air talks with Hodgson and the pair played down their dispute.


On 6 July 2011, Glen Johnson signed a contract extension at Liverpool, the length of which was not disclosed by the club.


On 20 November 2011, Glen Johnson scored a solo goal against his former club, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge after being set up by Charlie Adam.


On 24 May 2015, Glen Johnson announced that he would leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

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Glen Johnson joined Stoke City on 12 July 2015, signing a two-year contract.


Glen Johnson played 29 times for Stoke prior to suffering his injury and the team went on to finish in ninth position.


Glen Johnson signed a one-year contract extension with Stoke in April 2017.


Glen Johnson was released by Stoke at the end of the season.


Glen Johnson did not make any further England appearances under Sven-Goran Eriksson or his successor Steve McClaren, but was named in Fabio Capello's first squad in January 2008.


On 16 May 2012, Glen Johnson was named in new England manager Roy Hodgson's UEFA Euro 2012 squad.


Glen Johnson featured in all three of England's group matches at the tournament, helping England to win their group with a draw against France, and wins against Sweden and Ukraine.


On 12 May, Glen Johnson was named in the 23-man England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


In 2007, Glen Johnson founded Johnsons Real Estate with his brother, Lewis Johnson.


In December 2013, Glen Johnson was banned from driving for six months after he was caught speeding in North Wales; he later lost his appeal against his conviction.