Liverpool midfielder James Milner has decided to retire from international play after having a talk with new England manager Sam Allardyce.
Milner, 30, made 61 appearances for the Three Lions, but stated after Euro 2016 that he was pondering to step away from the national team in order to let younger players come through. After having a talk with Allardyce, who he had as manager at Newcastle United, it has been confirmed that Milner is retiring.
“James has had the chance to reflect on his international career in recent months and consider his next steps, particularly with a young family at home and having allowed himself little free time away from the professional game in the past 15 years,” Allardyce told the Guardian.
“After we had a lengthy conversation with him earlier this week, he has decided to take a step back from international duty; a decision I fully respect. James can be proud of his seven-year career as a senior England player.”
Milner did say that he would return to the national team if the situation arose that Allardyce was desperate to include him for a specific role of importance.
Allardyce said: “In what is the mark of a true professional, James is a proud Englishman and has acknowledged that he would be prepared to step up again if I ever needed him to play a specific role of importance within my team.”
The former Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, and Manchester City midfielder made his England debut in 2009, scoring once in his 61 appearances.