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Johnson signs new Portsmouth deal

Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson
Johnson has earned an England recall since joining Portsmouth

Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with the club.

The 24-year-old right-back, who arrived at Fratton Park from Chelsea initially on loan in the summer of 2006, has committed himself to Pompey until 2013.

Manager Tony Adams told the club's website: "I am delighted to have him here. I want him here for a long time.

"Glen has applied himself very well - he has been very good for this club and this club has been very good for him."

Johnson agreed to the deal after a move to Liverpool reportedly fell through, ensuring he will not follow Jermain Defoe and Lassana Diarra out of the club.

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He has made 83 appearances since arriving at Portsmouth, and is now a regular in Fabio Capello's England squads.

Since making his England debut in November 2003, he has made 10 appearances - half of them under Capello in 2008 after almost three years out of the team.

Pompey executive chairman Peter Storrie told the club's website: "In my opinion Glen is the best right-back in the country and this sends out a strong message that top quality players want to play for this club."

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