Milner ready to fight for England role
Published : 12 Nov 2009 12:05:24
Aston Villa midfielder James Milner does not accept that a role on the right side of England's midfield is a closed shop.
Milner is expected to feature heavily in Saturday's international friendly against Brazil in Qatar with regular choices Aaron Lennon, Theo Walcott and David Beckham all missing.
He will fight it out with Shaun Wright-Phillips for a starting berth in manager Fabio Capello's plans and the former England Under-21 international believes both he and the Manchester City winger will be given a fair crack of the whip.
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"Do I get the impression Beckham is nailed on for the World Cup? I don't know. The only thing I can control is myself. That is all I can do," he said.
"The World Cup is massive, with a lot of media coverage good and bad, and as a player I just try and concentrate on what I can control and that's on the field and let everything else take care of itself.
"Will Capello give me as much chance as Beckham of getting into the squad? You would like to think so. He has proved that in selections before. He will play the players on merit and on form.
"We want to take the best possible squad to a World Cup and it is a good thing that the manager will hopefully have difficult decisions to take.
"If he knows his squad already, it is too easy for him and not a good thing so the more pressure you can put on the manager to have difficult decisions to make, the better it is for England.
"You want everyone to have a level playing field and an equal chance to get into the team and get a chance to prove who should be in the squad."
Milner has won five international caps to date after making his full Three Lions debut in an August friendly against the Netherlands.
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