‘We’ll do everything in our power to stop this’: Former England captain Martin Johnson vows to fight to keep England at the top of the world table

The former England captain has called on fans to “fight to keep us at the highest level” after losing out to his former club in the bid to keep the country in the top table.

Speaking on the eve of the 2019 World Cup in Russia, Johnson told BBC Sport: “I’m not going to be part of the problem.

It’s not going be me and my team, but it’s the fans who are going to take a step back and look at what’s been going on.”

Johnson said he had not received any offers to replace his current England team but the former England boss is adamant he will not be swayed by them.

“We’re going to do everything we possibly can to keep ourselves in the league,” he said.

“We’ll always be England.

We’re going nowhere, we’re not going anywhere.”

Johnson, who was a player with England from 1999-2013, said he felt England’s failure to qualify for the World Cup last summer was down to “an over-reliance on the England team” and had been blamed for a lack of support for the country at the Olympics.

He said: “If we can’t beat Russia and we’ve got to do the same here, I’m going to have a very strong feeling that I’m not playing for the team anymore.”

Johnson is not the only former England player to speak out against the governing body.

Former Manchester City midfielder David Beckham said the FA had “lost the battle” in a speech at the launch of a new sports science course, Sports Science at the City College, London.

“The FA have lost the battle.

I don’t know where this is coming from, it’s a complete shambles,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.”

You look at it from a purely sporting perspective, the World Cups have gone on for almost 70 years.

We have the best players in the world, we have the highest quality coaches in the World and they haven’t been rewarded.”