Having made his senior England debut back in 2009 and amassing an impressive 61 caps along the way, Liverpool midfielder and vice-captain James Milner has decided to retire from England duty after talks with new Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce.
“I would like to thank Sam for taking the time to come and see me in person and have the conversation face-to-face, regarding my international future and role within the England set-up,” said the 30-year old, announcing that his time with the national team has drawn to a close. “I think the decision we have reached is all about common sense. I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future.”
A regular squad member with England during the last two European Championships as well as the World Cup in both Brazil and Germany, Milner is now set to focus entirely on his role with Liverpool — but, with that being said, he’s left the door open to once again help out with the national team if the need arises.
“James can be proud of his seven-year career as a senior England player and has never let his country down when called upon. His club career, already glittering, has many years ahead and we wish him well with Liverpool this season and beyond,” said Allardyce, full of praise for the versatile utility man. “In what is the mark of a true professional, James is a proud Englishman and has acknowledged that he would be prepared to step up again if I ever needed him to play a specific role of importance within my team.”