September 23, 2018

What’s James Milner’s chances of getting to South Africa?

Posted on December 16, 2009 by in English Premier League

James Milner has been turning out some good performances of late.  Most recently he helped Aston Villa get their 2-0 victory over Sunderland.  The bookmakers’ reccon his chances have gone from 46% to 64%.

After being switched to a central midfield rolw this clever player has stepped up a gear. Milner has proved his versatility after his wonder strike at Sunderland. He has to have one foot on the plane to South Africa.

Milner is likely to join the scrap for back up positions for the existing midfield favourites.  The well tested play of Lampard, Barry and Gerrard have almost guaranteed starting roles when England play the USA. Lampard’s timing of runs in support of attack give rooney the freedom he needs. Whilst Barry has played consistantly well at Man City since he arrived.  Gerrard has moved to the left.  Promted by the notion that Gerrard and Lampard can not gell in the central positions. Not a something we’d want to debate now.  But, it does seem to give Gerrard the space to play infield allowing Ashley goal to apply more forward pressure. Allowing him more movement can confuse full backs as who to mark. Given time to perfect link ups with Rooney from a wide position this could be a pottent combination.

With the number of midfield positions mooted to be eight there is lots of competition for the final spaces. Theo Walcott looks less likely. But Aaron Lennon at Tottenham is climing the pecking order. Michael Carrick, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jermain Jenas all have a chance.  Then of course there’s David Beckham. Michael Carrick has got to compete with Own Hargreaves, although since serious injury he does not look like a serious contendor. Throw Ahsley Yound and James Milner into the mix there is lots to choose from.

Lets assume Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, and Lennon are safe.  If fitness is up to scratch you have Walcott and Beckham. This leaves 2 position up for grans.  With Hargreaves and Carrick odds on to get these, Millner needs to turn in a little extra to get the nod.

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