The Mail on Sunday

Johnson hits back at England old boys

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From Back Page Zealand when the Lions were heavily beaten. No one was calling for him to come back then.

Johnson has also made it known to the RFU that the positions of his under-pressure coaches are his responsibi­lity alone. If any coach is sacked without his say, then Johnson will quit.

In a frank and wide-ranging interview, the former Leicester, England and Lions captain also hit back at former Test colleagues who have criticised him and his England team recently.

‘It’s easy to talk about “When we were playing” and it’s easy to see yourself as faultless,’ he said. ‘The criticism from former players grates but it also makes me smile. You remember the things they did and the mistakes they made.’

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