James Milner has become a surprise selection at left back for Liverpool.
It was largely expected that the England international would play as winger or central midfielder for Liverpool when he joined the club on a free transfer from Manchester City. His versatility, though, has meant that Jurgen Klopp has decided to use him as the replacement for Alberto Moreno, who has had a disastrous start to the campaign. Moreno’s form was already under the spotlight and he started to campaign in the worst possible fashion with two high-profile mistakes in back-to-back games.
James Milner has announced his retirement from international football.
He said that he has discussed with the new England manager Sam Allardyce and believes that the best decision for him is to retire from the national team. Milner has made 61 appearances for the England team since his first match in 2009. He has participated in two World Cups as well as two European Championships with the England national team.
James Milner joined The Reds when Brendan Rodgers was the boss at the locker room from Manchester City.
He didn’t join in the best of circumstances but he went on play and gave a lot for the team in the last campaign. He had the reputation for being a no nonsense player and was the mainstay of the team.
James Milner has urged the national team squad in France not to lose their opener with Russia at the Euro 2016.
The Three Lions veteran is part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad set to play Russia on June 11. Milner who is 30 years of age will be making his fourth appearance in a major tournament after making the squad for the World Cups in 2010 and 2014 and the last Euros four years ago. He said:
James Milner says that he has no regrets about quitting Manchester City for Liverpool in the summer.
The England midfielder joined the Merseyside outfit the summer on a free transfer after letting his contract with City expire. Many questioned the move since Milner had a lot of opportunities to win trophies at City. Liverpool, meanwhile, have won the League Cup in the last decade. However, things have been promising at Anfield of late especially after the arrival of Jurgen Klopp. The German was appointed midway through the season after poor results shown by Brendan Rodgers.
James Milner believes that Liverpool can still reach the Champions League next season after managing a brilliant 3-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield.
Milner scored against his former club, who have never won at this ground since the takeover from the Abu Dhabi owners, to help Liverpool climb to seventh in the table. Incredibly, the Champions League places look to be in the reach of the Merseyside club due to a combination of poor form to the teams above them. City have been able to win only two out of the last five league matches.
The first professional English club that James Milner joined was Leeds United as this was the club where the midfielder spent his youth career before eventually going on to join Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and lastly Liverpool which is where he is currently performing in now.
A number of lesser-known players have caught their eye while playing in the Premier League. Questions have been raised about manager Roy Hodgson being interested in including names like Mark Noble, who have performed exceptionally well for West Ham in this campaign.
The 29 year old English midfielder James Milner was signed by Liverpool on June of the current year on a free transfer. One of the main reasons of why Liverpool secured the services of Milner was to help fill in the space that was left by the departure of Steven Gerrard who made his move to the MLS.
Manchester City’s form during the early weeks of January was in danger of nose-diving after star striker Sergio Aguero was not expected to be back until the middle of the month.
Aguero has already been missing for the last few weeks. Manuel Pellegrini does not seem to trust the likes of Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic much.