December 5th, 2013
Manchester city managed to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by managing a 4-2 win over Viktoria Plzen. This was an unconvincing win for the team at home, which was especially poor for Manuel Pellegrini. City have been extremely good at home this campaign and they have scored close to 30 goals in the league alone. There are expected to dominate this encounter, but the underdogs of this group – Viktoria Plzen – managed to almost cause an upset by scoring two goals.
After the match, midfielder James Milner has said that City should be happy that they have qualified for the knockout stages, but they should also try and finish top of the group. Such a position will give them an advantage in the knockout stages since the second match will be at home. The chance of finishing top of the group is certainly not out of the hands for city. They can claim this spot by beating Bayern Munich, who are regarded as the best team in the world right now. City were beaten by the Germans 3-1 at the Etihad stadium earlier in the season and it will be an even tougher prospect to beat them at the Allianz arena.
“I think it would help to come top in the group, it will be tough out there but hopefully we can go out there and give Bayern Munich a game and see what happens. Joe Hart has just kept going, worked hard and made good saves when he gets the chance. He is a great professional,” said Milner. “It was a hard game, but the most important thing was to finish our home games in the group with a win,” said Nasri.
However, Milner is confident of causing an upset after English teams have had the upper hand over Germans in recent years.
August 29th, 2013
Manchester City midfielder James Milner says that he is very much looking forward to England’s friendly match against Scotland, which will be happening after a gap of 14 years. Milner was part of the under 16 team that managed a victory against Scotland back in 2001. Back then, the team also featured the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon. England won the match 4-2 and Milner is hoping for a return of the same this time around. After being part of the several youth teams for England in the past, Milner is now a recognised player in the senior team.
At 27 years of age, the midfielder has 38 England caps to his name. He is expected to be one of the first names in the squad for the 2014 World Cup. Milner has recalled several great occasions in which England have played against Scotland. His memory especially recalled the Euro 96 in which England managed to score in an extraordinary fashion. Goalkeeper David Seaman had just saved a penalty and England went down the other end and scored through Paul Gascoigne. Milner will be coming up against established Premier league names like James Morrison, who plays for West Brom.
Morrison will be one of the important players for Scotland. He has 27 international caps to his name.
“They are the games you want to play in, when there is the passion and you are getting booed by the opposition. That’s what you want and it makes you want to keep the away fans quiet. It’ll be great, with a few Scotland fans there, so there should be a really good atmosphere. I remember Euro ‘96, it was a great occasion. The penalty save from Seaman then we go up the other end and get an amazing goal from Gazza,” said Milner.
July 1st, 2013
England recently visited the Brazilian soil with just under 12 months left for the FIFA World Cup 2014. They were in Rio de Janeiro as part of a friendly match with the Brazilian team. Even though there were several concerns that the game would be called off, it is now learnt that the match will progress as scheduled. England have failed to win a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup victory, which was achieved in a home tournament. They have failed to win any tournament away from home, but it could change with the 2014 World Cup according to James Milner.
The Manchester City midfielder has said that the visit to Brazil ahead of the World Cup will certainly serve as a motivation to the team to lift the famous trophy. England manager a credible 2-2 draw with Brazil in the iconic Maracana stadium, which has been renovated for the purpose of the World Cup. England are currently fighting against Montenegro to finish top of the World Cup qualifying group. It is extremely imperative that England finished top of the group because it would enable them to go straight into the World Cup without having to play any play-off matches.
“Experiencing Rio has helped us massively. We are all desperate to finish the job and qualify for the World Cup. You don’t get too many chances to play in World Cups, but playing a World Cup in Brazil… just being here for the last few days, I have seen the love they have for the game. They play head tennis and beach football every single day. You can sense the love and the atmosphere in the ground, it’s going to be some tournament next year,” said Milner.
England will see Montenegro move five points clear of them if they win against Ukraine.