Liverpool midfielder makes emphatic decision about his playing future

By Joe Nelson

James Milner has retired from international football, it was announced on Friday.

The Liverpool midfielder has called time on his England career after racking up 61 appearances for the Three Lions.

After appearing for just three minutes at Euro 2016 as a substitute against Russia, Milner said that he did not want to be included in the squad just to make up the numbers.

“With the good young players that we have coming through, it is pointless me taking up a spot just because I am reliable,” he said, as quoted by the Guardian.

The 30-year-old informed new manager Sam Allardyce of his decision, and the FA confirmed his retirement via Twitter on Friday afternoon.

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The versatile midfielder competed in four major tournaments for England, at the previous two World Cups in Brazil 2016 and South Africa 2012, along with two European Championships in Poland/Ukraine in 2014 and France 2016.

Milner scored just the one goal for England, against Moldova in 2012 and he travelled to France as the third most-capped player in the squad behind Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart.

In other Liverpool news, Jurgen Klopp has issued a warning to clubs about one of his key strikers.