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Milner warns England stars may quit
06 Sep 2010 - 08:20:53
Manchester City midfielder James Milner is concerned that players may consider quitting England duty if they continue to have their off-field lives picked apart by the media.
Wayne Rooney is the latest star to hit the headlines for the wrong reasons and Milner fears that ongoing coverage may have a negative long-term effect.
He told reporters: "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.
"But some people might turn round and say 'I have had enough, I don't need that'.
"Obviously thousands of people come every week and there are kids with your name on the back of their shirt.
"They obviously look up to you, so you try to set standards on and off the field.
"We are very privileged to be representing this country and whatever job you do there will be things you like and things you don't."