Glen Johnson, born August 23, 1984, in Greenwich, London, England, is an English footballer, who plays as a defender for Liverpool and the England national team. He has previously played for West Ham United, Millwall, Chelsea and Portsmouth.

English defender Glen Johnson celebrates

Johnson had a tough childhood. He was raised by his mother and grew up with his younger brother and older half-sister. At one stage of his childhood, he lived in a hostel as his mother had nowhere to live. He credits his mother with helping him develop a football career. He said, “At one point we were homeless and staying in a hostel, but once mum got herself on her feet after a few hard years, and passed her driving test so she could take me to football every week, that gave us a fresh start.”

Johnson was a product of the West Ham United youth system, becoming a 15 year-old first year scholar in 2000.

Johnson helped Chelsea win a Premier League title in 2005 and helped Liverpool win a League Cup in 2012.

In 2014, Johnson was named in the 23 man England squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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