Author: Hayk Tsatryan
09-05-2018
James Milner rejects change of mind over World Cup
The FA has twice tried, and twice failed, to get James Milner to come out of international retirement in time for the World Cup as injury problems mount for the England manager.

Milner has been a standout performer for the Reds in a central midfield position after a string of injuries at Anfield. Gareth Southgate has been keen to discuss the chances of the player joining the squad for this summer’s World Cup, but is yet to hold talks directly with the midfielder.

Milner was part of the squad at the Euros in 2016 that was knocked out by Iceland in the second round, the most embarrassing moment in a decade of embarrassing moments for England. According to the Times, the FA has contacted Milner on two occasions to get him to come out of retirement for England. The first was in October 2016 and the second has been more recently as injuries in midfield mount up.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured himself in Liverpool's Champions League semi-final first leg taking him out for the rest of the season and the World Cup, just as he'd likely played himself into Southgate's starting XI for the tournament in Russia. There are also injury concerns for Jack Wilshere and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who could both potentially be in the squad if they can get back to full fitness.

Milner would have been a great addition for England, but that's not going to happen.