Could England players quit for privacy?
Published : 06 Sep 2010 13:53:53
James Milner has suggested footballers may turn their back on England to avoid intense scrutiny of their private lives. James Milner has suggested footballers may turn their back on England to avoid intense scrutiny of their private lives. Wayne Rooney has been at the centre of a tabloid storm after claims he cheated on his pregnant wife with a prostitute, while three other England players have legal injunctions preventing stories about their private lives being printed. John Terry and Peter Crouch have featured on the front pages of newspapers due to their philandering, and Milner has suggested some players will think representing the Three Lions is not worth the press intrusion. "Some people might turn round and say 'I have had enough, I don't need that'," he said. "Thousands of people come every week and there are kids with your name on the back of their shirt. They look up to you, so you try to set standards on and off the field. "We are privileged to be representing this country and whatever job you do there will be things you like and things you don't. "Every individual is different. "I would rather be under pressure because it means that things are going in the right direction on the football field."