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Liverpool star James Milner considering retirement from international football

Chris David
1.25K   //    31 Jul 2016, 18:04 IST
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James Milner moved to Anfield last year in search of more playing time

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is considering to retire from international football after his chances with England have become limited in recent times.

The 30-year-old left Manchester City as a free agent last summer and joined the Merseyside club. His chances at the Etihad were limited and that saw him leave the Citizens and join the Reds a year before.

At Anfield, Milner featured regularly under Jurgen Klopp and his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers. His performances were, in fact, good enough to impress Roy Hodgson and was included in England's squad for the Euro 2016, where they were eliminated in the Round of 16 following their 2-1 defeat to Iceland.

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Hodgson stepped down from his post as the Three Lions' manager and Milner, who hardly featured for England in the tournament is now looking at the prospect of bringing down the curtain on his international career.

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

"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.

"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)."

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With Milner considering his decision to retire from international football, it will be a massive boost for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is looking to convert him into a left-back for the upcoming 2016/17 season.

The German coach was looking at the prospect of bringing a full-back to the club in the ongoing summer transfer window. However, with Milner's versatility, Klopp could now change his decision.

Liverpool manager was forced to come to this decision after they were frustrated in their continuous chase of Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell. The Foxes full-back was not pushing for a move to Anfield and that saw Klopp pull the plug in his side's pursuit of signing him.

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