Southgate prizes experience of Johnson

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England interim manager Gareth Southgate has revealed the thinking behind his decision to recall Glen Johnson to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

Southgate is keen to beef up the experience level of the squad at his disposal and somebody like Johnson proved to be the perfect fit.

"Clearly, Kyle Walker and Nathaniel Clyne were the two right-backs last time and the rationale over the last couple of years is young, young, young and I'm not sure we can keep doing that," Southgate told a media gathering on Monday.

"We need experience and at this moment in time, to be able to bring a player in with 50 caps is something that we thought long and hard about, but was the right decision."

The Stoke City full-back hasn't featured for the Three Lions since 2014, leaving many questioning the decision to call Johnson back into the fold.

Johnson has played 54 international matches for England and scored a solitary goal against Mexico in a 2010 friendly.

The right-back has bags of experience, though, having played 160 league games for Liverpool between 2009 and his 2015 departure.