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Liverpool star considers England retirement, looks to future talent

By Alex Taylor

James Milner is considering retiring from international duty with England to pave the way for more young stars to shine for their country.

The midfield maestro has played in the Premier League and with England for the majority of his footballing career but may now be willing to quit his country.

The news comes after England’s disappointing European Championship campaign in France which culminated in the Three Lions exiting the tournament after an embarrassing 2-1 loss against Iceland in the round of 16.

“Over the last couple of years with the England team I have not really played too much,” Milner told ITV. “With the good young players we have coming through, it is pointless me taking up a spot just because I am reliable.

“I am fortunate to have been involved in international football since I was 17 or 18 without stopping. I was with the under-21s and went through so I have played more than 100 games.

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“I’ve been to four tournaments but if a younger guy had come in and maybe done the same job at Euro 2016, he would have taken a lot more from it than I (did).”

The 30-year-old Liverpool forward played a staggering 44 games for his club last season, scoring seven goals and providing 14 assists, as being a part of England’s Euro 2016 squad.

The versatile star has got 61 caps for England since his debut in 2009 but has failed to win an international trophy with his country.

Milner has already won the Premier League twice with Manchester City but will be hoping that if he does decide to focus solely on club football, that the Reds can push for major trophies next season.

In other Liverpool team news, youngster Sheyi Ojo has revealed that star senior forward Daniel Sturridge has offered the most support to him while he looks to break into the first-team squad.