Johnson's Big Chance to Nail England Place

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SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON will send a scout to watch Andrew Johnson for one last time tomorrow before he names the England squad to face Holland.

The head coach and his right-hand man, Tord Grip, have both checked up on the Crystal Palace striker and there are strong indications he will be included.

Johnson, the top-scoring Englishman in the Premiership with 15 goals, has impressed with his strike record and work-rate and Alan Smith's ankle injury is likely to pave the way for his first callup. The Manchester United striker has been sidelined for three weeks and is not expected to be risked in Wednesday's friendly at Villa Park.

But Johnson will still need to perform well for Palace against Bolton at Selhurst Park tomorrow lunchtime as Eriksson weighs up his options ahead of his 7pm squad announcement that evening.

Grip said: "I have watched Johnson and I liked what I saw. He has scored a lot of goals this season, works hard and is not easy to play against. He has definitely got a chance. "We will leave the final squad decisions until after all the games tomorrow. …


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