James Milner Back From First Summer Off


There’s not much new news in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, but there again, it’s been very quiet this week, with hardly no news at all coming out of St. James’ Park.

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 James Milner – having a laugh


The Chronicle has a good interview with James Milner, who now looks to be staying at Newcastle, after being linked with both Liverpool and Aston Villa,  and we’re pleased about that.

James has had his first long summer rest for a few seasons, in fact apparently since turning professional, and his England Under-21 colleague, Steven Taylor, has also had a good rest.

Both were involved last year with the Euro Under-21 Championships, and they’ll be busy with those again next summer, when the finals take place in Sweden next June.

James has 36 (6 goals) caps so far for the England under-21 side, a record, and Steven, who is the captain, has 25 caps (4 goals).

England are almost certain to qualify, and even have a good chance of winning it, with the very good team they have.

James talked about his free summer:

“It’s the first time since I’ve been a player that I’ve had a summer off.”  “A long summer break is nice.”

” Last season was a long one, and obviously with the European Champion-ships for the Under-21s, it has been a long couple of years.”

“It’s been good to chill out for a couple of weeks – but I hope to come back flying.”

Milner is now contracted to Newcastle for the next 3 years, and has often talked of his happiness at the club.

The Yorkshireman signed for Newcastle for £3.6M from Leeds United, his home town club, back in the summer of 2004.

At that time, the great Bobby Robson was still manager, and James is turning out to be a great signing for Newcastle.

Even though James just turned 22 last January, he has already started 100 games for Newcastle and made an additional 36 substitute appearances, and scored 11 goals, some of which were absolute corkers.

We’ll need a few more goals for James next year, but we feel confident that Kevin can use James in either a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation next season.

He’s a model professional, smashing lad, and a terrific representative of the club.

Comments welcome.



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38 comments so far

  • RaNdOm NeRd

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    wall virginity 😉

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  • ToonDaft

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    hope he stays, i like the lad, however, would prefer him biting at the heels of a player with better ability – Ed, how will they be at the champs next summer?

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  • aaron d

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #3

    I reckon he will be a key player for next season. With him, Taylor, N’Zogbia, Martins and Enrique thats 5 quality players at 23 or younger to build the team around. Do you think Smith, Cacapa and Duff will be at the club next season?

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  • xfer

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Good player who wants to play for the team. 100% work rate.

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  • Stami

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #5

    yeah Milner is worth his salt! great professional! love this lad! hope he starts to blossom this season!

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #6

    He will do alot better now that he has had a much needed break methinks

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  • xfer

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Never knew we were linked to Forlan.

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article1346918.ece

    Too old for the board anyway.

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Milner is a fantastic player who with Zog stood head and shoulders above the rest of the team under Souness when he played. He has a fantastic workrate, good vision and the potential to play at the very highest level.

    If he can add a few more goals to his CV and improve his crossing there wont be a better young english player in the league.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 27, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #9

    and when he gains the ability to run faster than me nan!

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #10

    “If he can add a few more goals to his CV and improve his crossing there wont be a better young english player in the league.”

    that statement is so over the top it made me spit out my evian water in disgust

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  • 51times

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Spyro – Evian water? Hahaha you bourgeoisie puff.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #12

    since when was evian water a “bourgeoisie” product? It costs like 70p

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Sypro, that lad has been playing premiership football since he was 16!. He won’t peak till his late 20s. He’s improving every season. I stand by my statement.

    Be careful with the Evian mate, it might smudge your Gucci shoes lol! 🙂

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Spyro – you should know the real man’s water is brecon carreg

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    didnt improve last season

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #16

    “real mans water” come on guys, lets not be so media passive (pointless saying that on here), surely water is water

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    No bids for Arshavin yet – I dont get it anymore and Im just confused lol

    http://www.teamtalk.com/football/story/0,16368,1780_3746802,00.html

    Edit – spyro they are jokes don’t worry. I take the piss out my my friend that eats grey poupon for the same reason, although grey poupon does actually taste nice

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  • michael

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Good quality player , hope he stays , has much better ability than shitty geremi. Geremi is hopeless another one of sam fat bastard allydice signings HOPELESS. Milner should be defo picked over geremi. Milner has pace skill and can get a cross in first time unlike geremi. Why do we get all the chelsea rejects Duff Geremi babayaro. Chelsea arnt daft. Newcastle are for buying them.

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  • Faustino

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    San Pelegrino for me lol

    We need Milner because we need decent players, simple as. The second we’ve signed five world class midfielders his position can be brought into question, one way or another.

    Decent is what he is, at the club is what he is and commited is what he is and that’ll do for me; for now.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Sainsbury’s brand water for me.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #21

    ok fair enough harrier 😀

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #22

    like i said, water is water, and i have no preference…however, i must admit that i hate the taste of volvic

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #23

    lol my actual favourite is volvic with a hint of strawberry which has got to be far worse sounding than Evian lol

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  • Faustino

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Water most certainly is not water.

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 27, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Peckham spring for me

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  • Andrew

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Shows how much transfer action were getting doesn’t it really, to start talking about water lol but volvic with strawberry is definetly the best 🙂

    we need to keep Milner though his work rate is phenominal maybe he doesnt have the cutting edge yet but i do think he has it in him.

    agree wiv what HeronMag said he wont peak till mid – late twenties anyway.

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  • Leo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #27

    evian is the second best tasting water in my books, strathmoor is better

    ehem what is wrong with gucci shoes?

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  • Leo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #28

    volvic with strawberry leaves a dry feeling in your mouth tho…

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  • SwedeEric

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Love the water thay have at Marks and Spencer! Cant say what´s the name, but gues it´s called water.. =)

    Nothing compares to real tap water from a country with real water… Like Sweden 😉

    You seemed to think it was weard of him for drinking evian… Hmm, does anyone here actualy drink the water from the tap here? Tried once, never again, ok to boil egg in, but nothing more…

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  • harrier

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #30

    I live in the woods of NH in the summer and drink from an underground aquifer…now thats good water. Edinburgh city water (where I live the rest of the year) is pretty good.

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  • Leo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #31

    SwedeEric i actually like the tap water from my village, because we are out in the countryside of northumberland we get it from a spring- the same spring that abbeywell water comes from :-p

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  • Hadji

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #32

    Knjaz Milosh for me please 🙂

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  • normski1930z

    Jun 27, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #33

    council water for me like, i lived in thailand for 3 years and when you come home you reliase just how good it is. nuff sed.

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  • Davies

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #34

    I drink me own piss and am proud of it. Also evian.

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  • 51times

    Jun 27, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Bottling water and selling it to people. It’s amazing the things capitalism can do…

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  • Dan

    Jun 27, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #36

    I like al qaeda water, bottled in the mountains of afghanistan. Old Osama’s had a bath in that

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 27, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #37

    I know i seem to always have a go at the Ronnie Gill and Alan Oliver, but i think over the years Alan has made his bed and now hes having to make do with it. Its just a shame as the locals and myself used to love the paper for its exlusives and breaking news.

    What do we have now, Jimmy Milner has been on holiday…….really! I’d never have guessed!

    If they have had an interview with Jimmy (doubt it, probably knicked it from another source) then why oh why did they not get his views on the recent transfer rumours regarding him. What he wants and is he looking forward to next season at Newcastle.

    This article is a waste of everyones time and so is the local papers editor. New changes at Newcastle, new changes are needed at the Chronicle, its a bloody institution for many and its local footballer report cant get a decent story from the club!

    Alan fall on your sword and move aside.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 27, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #38

    capitalism is as much a gift as a curse 51times

    anyway, i live in London so i cannot drink the tap water, i would rather drink mercury

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