Jamie Redknapp Urges James Milner To Come Out Of Retirement
Former England international Jamie Redknapp has urged James Milner to rethink about his international prospects ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The 32-year-old called time on his Three Lions career shortly after Euro 2016 where he played just three minutes but he has since become a crucial figure with Liverpool.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Redknapp believes Milner should reconsider his retirement from international football following the recent injury to compatriot Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season. He said: “James Milner has been a revelation this season. It makes you think - would you bring him back to the England squad? I've never seen Milner play better, he's in the form of his life. With Oxlade-Chamberlain out, we haven't got lots of central midfield players. But he's in great form, the best form he's ever been in. He's been a top performer in the Champions League, in terms of assists. Normally when a player retires, you don't like to go back but I don't think anybody in football, if Gareth Southgate did it, would say it was out of order. I think it would be a great decision, a brave decision on both parts, but one they should make.”
Milner has been in splendid form for Jurgen Klopp’s side over the course of the current campaign and his efforts have propelled the Reds to the Champions League final. En route to this, the Englishman has topped the assist charts in the competition and it could be a shame if the midfielder maintains his stance of not appearing for his nation again.
Milner has earned 61 caps for the Three Lions over the course of his professional career and in this period, he has scored a solitary goal against Moldova in a World Cup qualifier in 2012. The veteran undoubtedly possesses the versatility to play in different parts of the field but he has looked the most comfortable in the centre of the park.