29-year-old Glen Johnson remains part of a youth-inspired new attack for England this summer, the Liverpool right back now certain to surpass 50 caps for his country after being named in Roy Hodgson's 2014 squad. A former FA Cup winner with Portsmouth, Johnson brings an attacking role to his defending and will be one of England's most profitable betting tips in individual goalscorer markets thanks to the obvious long betting odds attached to defenders.
Johnson emerged from West Ham United's youth squad, becoming a 15-year-old scholar in 2000 and making regular Reserves appearances for the Hammers before moving to Milwall on a loan deal in 2002 to discover first team football.
The defender was soon snapped up by Chelsea in July 2003 for a fee of £6 million, and his first professional goal came in the home leg of their 2003/04 Champions League clash with Žilina during a campaign which saw Johnson score all four of his goals for the Blues in 70 starts.
This included a Premier League title and League Cup triumph in 2004/05, before moving on loan to a Portsmouth club he would remain at for 99 games between 2006 and 2009. Scoring a goal of the month in 2008 with a a 30-yard screamer against Hull City, Johnson was part of the famous 2007/08 FA Cup-winning side and scored four goals during his time at the club before Portsmouth agreed a bid believed to be £17.5 million from Liverpool.
Immediately, a man of the match performance on his Liverpool debut arrived against Stoke, a goal and an assist part of a perfect start to life at the Anfield club. Johnson has since played 172 games for the club, winning the 2011/12 League Cup and also netting eight goals in that time.
Johnson's tenure into the senior team came back in 2003, and the 2014 World Cup will now see the right back surpass the 50 caps earned since. One goal also appears under Johnson's England portfolio, coming during in a friendly match against Mexico in May 2010 at Wembley Stadium as the Three Lions won 3-1.
Johnson helped England's 2010 World Cup qualification with some strong showings, including four assists in a 6-0 Andorra thrashing before playing in the four World Cup appearances. Johnson also played in all of England's Euro 2012 matches of which he was a solid block throughout, and four 2014 World Cup qualification encounters.
Glen Johnson World Cup Betting Tips
The defender will therefore carry long odds to profit from, the best opportunity coming from individual goalscorer markets and specific player markets such as man of the match. His ability to join in the attack and make assists, as well as chip in with a potential goal is not to be lost on.