Sam Allardyce is quite convinced that 21 year-old winger James Milner can make the step-up from the under-21 side to the full England set-up.
The Yorkshire born player picked up a record-equaling 29th cap for the England Under-21s in Tuesday nightâ€™s 1-1 draw with Romania at Ashton Gate.
Manager Sam Allardyce is confident it will not be too long before Milner is pushing for a place in the full England squad. We agree with that sentiment.
James Milner – Sam thinks he can make the step-up to full England player
Certainly if Newcastle fans had to pick between Kieron Dyer and James Milner for the England squad we think most fans would favor Milner. He has been in much better form over the last year than Kieron and has also scored some cracking goals as James is determined to add more goals to his game. Milner has also been far more consistent than Dyer in becoming Newcastle’s best player last season – at the tender age of 21.
Here’s what manager Sam Allardyce told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œI hope itâ€™s an ongoing escalation to a full England cap for James Milner.â€
â€œHis improvement since his early days at Leeds United has been very good and he has made very steady progress.â€
â€œSomebody who has the attitude he has is only destined for more and more success as he gets older and more experienced.â€
â€œThis lad has got everything in the drawer and he is improving day by day.â€
â€œThe Premier League experience he has gained means there is a very bright future ahead of him.â€
â€œI cannot see any reason why he cannot be very, very successful at Newcastle United and put a lot of pressure on Steve McClaren to select him in an England XI sooner or later.â€
â€œI do not want to put too much pressure on the lad because he is perhaps not quite ready yet, but if he carries on the way he is, I cannot see it being too long before he does get the opportunity to move on up.â€
James Milner has probably been Newcastle’s outstanding player since he returned from Aston Villa last August 31st in the well documented episode with Aston Villa. Rather than go in the huff or react negatively like other players may have done – James seemed to take it in his stride and rolled up his sleeves and was soon a Newcastle regular. He equaled the club record of 53 games in a season last season , now jointly held with goalkeeper Shay Given. James has to be one of Bobby Robson’s best ever signings for the club.
Milner not only has the talent, but he has the spirit, hard work and personality to become a Newcastle great. Certainly he is an excellent role model for the youngsters growing up in the Newcastle area and he’s a credit to himself and his parents.
As you may have realized by now – he’s also one of our favorite players at the club – and we have no doubt that James will eventually play for England. But James is doing it the professional way. He’s concentrating each week on producing the goods for Newcastle and as Sam rightly says, with his attitude success will be assured. James will be a key player for Newcastle in the seasons ahead and we are pleased to have such a mature professional at the club.