Liverpool midfielder James Milner is contemplating retiring from international play as he doesn’t want to stand in the way for younger players.
Milner, 30, made his England debut back in 2009 and has been capped 61 times. He’s been used all over the midfield as a utility player, but didn’t play more than a couple of minutes in England’s opening game of Euro 2016 against Russia, and that’s part of why he’s considering retiring as he doesn’t want to just take up a spot in the squad and hinder younger players from getting a chance.
“Over the last couple of years with the England team I have not really played too much,” Milner told the Guardian. “With the good young players we have coming through, it is pointless me taking up a spot just because I am reliable.
“I am fortunate to have been involved in international football since I was 17 or 18 without stopping. I was with the under-21s and went through so I have played more than 100 games.
“I’ve been to four tournaments but if a younger guy had come in and maybe done the same job at Euro 2016, he would have taken a lot more from it than I (did).”
Milner said that he’s happy that Sam Allardyce is the new England manager, as he played for him at Newcastle back in 2007/2008.
“I am happy it is Sam as I know I can have a good conversation with him and it will be honest,” Milner said. “That is all I ever wanted.”