The second-most experienced member of the awesome England line-up, and probably the most important member of their well-drilled pack of forwards, Johnson, who has won a massive 77 Test caps, is the best leader in world rugby – skippering his troops from the front and having an excellent rapport with the top referees in the game.
A three-times Lions tourist – having captained them in 1997 and 2001 – Johnson will be taking part in his third World Cup tournament, with this no doubt his (and England's) best chance of getting his hands on some silverware.
He led his side to the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year, after England stumbled at the final hurdle in 2000, 2001 and 2002 without him in the side – either through injury or suspension.
Johnson is a veteran of the Leicester club, one of the most successful rugby clubs in English history, leading the team to four successive English Premiership victories in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 as well as back-to-back European title in 2001 and 2002.
Position: LockAge: 33Date of Birth: 9 March 1970Place of Birth: SolihullInternational debut: 16 January 1993 against FranceLast Test: 06 September 2003 against FranceHeight: 2.00 metresWeight: 118.84 kilogramsTest caps: 77Test points: 10Test tries: 2