James Milner’s next challenge is to play well enough for Newcastle that he makes it into the full England squad.
James Milner – can he make jump into full England squad?
Well at least that’s what his manager Kevin Keegan thinks. Milner has a massive 36 caps for the England Under-21 side and even England Captain Steven Taylor is not too far behind with 25 caps.
Kevin has challenged the 22 year-old winger to start making the England full squad having seen old team mates Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and David Bentley all being called up for the full side. Young and Bentley both played in Capello’s first game in charge of England against Switzerland.
Keegan told Newcastle World TV today:
“You have to remember he’s still young,” “Just because he has got a lot of experience and played a lot of games you can’t hide the fact that he’s still got another year to play at under-21 level.â€
“But the challenge for James, and we have talked about this with him, is to make that jump into the full squad.â€ “He has played enough games with the under-21s but it would be great to go and win something with them maybe next year.â€
“I’m sure he wants to do that and they’ve got a chance because Stuart Pearce has got a great squad.”
James Milner’s main priority however remains Newcastle United and he knows that his performances at club level will determine whether he becomes a full international.
“His bread and butter is here and there’s still a lot of improvement left in him,” “He’s a very good player now but he can improve and he knows that.â€
“The one thing you know with him is that he will work hard at it and he will listen.â€ “Some players you have to kick up the backside, but you don’t have to do that with James.
“And that’s why the fans like him so much here.”
James has been a consistent player for us in the last season or so, and we’ll just have to wait and see how much better he can get. But there’s lots of competition on the wings in the full England squad right now, and it will not be easy for James to make the step up.
What do you think?