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.
Â 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,Â 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:
â€œItâ€™s the first time since Iâ€™ve been a player that Iâ€™ve had a summer off.”Â â€œA 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.”
“Itâ€™s been good to chill out for a couple of weeks â€“ but I hope to come back flying.â€
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 Â£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.