England World Cup squad: what is James Milner's best position?

21 May 2010 12:00
Milner's versatility means he can play anywhere across the midfield four, and could even fill in at full-back if necessary.

England's supporters have voted in their thousands using Telegraph Sport's England World Cup squad selector and according to the masses Milner is most likely to operate in a left midfield role, with Steven Gerrard playing off Wayne Rooney up top.

England fans' starting XI:

Goalkeeper: David JamesDefence: Glen Johnson, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley ColeMidfield: Aaron Lennon, Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry, James MilnerForwards: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney

But is this Milner's best position? His excellent Premier League form for Aston Villa - which saw him supply 12 assists and 47 successful open play crosses - was through the middle and playing on the left could see him stifled.

If Gareth Barry fails to recover from a sprained ankle in time, Milner could yet return to the middle of the park, albeit in a deeper position than normal to allow Frank Lampard to roam further up the park.

Are England getting the best out of Milner at left midfield? Where should he play?

Get involved by making a comment below or using the England World Cup squad selector.

Source: Telegraph