Milner relishing under-21 challenge

28 May 2009 08:42
James Milner has shrugged off fears of suffering from footballing burn-out and believes a successful European Under-21 Championship campaign can only stand him in good stead if he breaks into the full England squad. The Aston Villa player may have only a week's break should Stuart Pearce's side reach the final in Sweden on June 29 before Martin O'Neill's team report back for pre-season training. O'Neill had voiced concerns towards the end of the current campaign that Milner and some of his team-mates had looked tired after operating with one of the smallest squads in the Barclays Premier League. But Milner is determined to use the Under-21s tournament as a positive experience ahead of the bigger prizes up for grabs in 12 months time via the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Milner told PA Sport: "Do I fear burn-out? I'm sure the manager will look after us. You need a rest. I've got six days before we join up with England. Then, if we reach the final, I've got another week. "But it's an honour to play for your country and it's great to be going out there to Sweden to play with the best young players in Europe."

Source: Eurosport