Sam Tips James Milner for the Top

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 night’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:

“I hope it’s an ongoing escalation to a full England cap for James Milner.”

“His improvement since his early days at Leeds United has been very good and he has made very steady progress.”

“Somebody who has the attitude he has is only destined for more and more success as he gets older and more experienced.”

“This lad has got everything in the drawer and he is improving day by day.”

“The Premier League experience he has gained means there is a very bright future ahead of him.”

“I 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.”

“I 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.”

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Lull

    Aug 24, 2007 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m one of the lots who admire Milner and i think its safe for me to bet that he will be Newcastle and England greats if he continue to perform well and work on his pace and crossing. Milner for Newcastle’s Beckham! 🙂

  • Bill F

    Aug 24, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #2

    We are bl***dy lucky to still have him as previous management were keen to offload him. A lot of potentially very good youngsters were not really allowed to progress in the past, Zog springs to mind, just hope it don’t happen under Sam.

  • Dirk

    Aug 24, 2007 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Milner should now be starting for England, as Beckhams replacement as i dont c lennon fillin beckhams boots, hes great bu hasn got the pass or shot.

  • Alex

    Aug 24, 2007 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #4

    With both millner and taylor nearing senior england breakthroughs.And the likes of carrol,huntington ,krul and enrique playing for their countries at youth levels then the coming years are looking very promising for the toon. Under sams guidance i have no doubt that most of these players are going to pick up regular international senior caps.

  • Hammy

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Alex and Bill, spot on, why Roeder was trying to get rid of Milner to AV I’ll never know………..Milner has never had a really bad game for the toon…he has a great attitude and a phenomenal work rate, like you say if BSA can get the best out of the younger players then the future looks very good.
    Roll on Boro…

  • Darren

    Aug 24, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Hammy – you aren’t from Cochrane Park are you?

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 25, 2007 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Millner played very well last season in a poor team. This season he needs to show the same commitment in a good team and he’ll be in the England side on merit. I prefer he plays right wing, but can play either wing and offers that added option.

    We are so lucky we pulled the plug on his move to AV.

    Hope he scores against Boro as his goals are always out the top drawer.

    Boro 0 vs. Newcastle 2…….., and another 3 points!

  • Hammy

    Aug 25, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry Darren, I’m from Seahoooouses in Northumberland….I have a double in Cochrane Park???


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