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James Milner | Midfielder | #7

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/4/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 154

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In a move that may well signal that he's going to start against Russia when Euro 2016 opens, James Milner has been handed a start in England's final friendly before the summer tournament.
Much of the England line-up seems set with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling and Joe Hart all highly likely to start. The remaining question for England is who would take the final spot and what that would say about how the Three Lions intended to play. A choice of Raheem Sterling or Daniel Sturridge would mean all-out attack. Adam Lallana would be a slightly less daring choice but still firmly an attack-oriented choice. Instead, James Milner looks to be the odds on favorite for that final spot and one that will likely be depended on to stay disciplined and provide as much in defense as he might in attack. Jun 2 - 3:23 PM

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James Milner has had a very productive week so far, notching two assists in the win over Stoke on Sunday and two more assists in a wild 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund this evening.

While names like Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are typically the first to enter one's thinking when investing in Liverpool attacking players, Milner might be the wisest pick of all ahead of their double gameweek. He has a couple of key factors working in his favor - he is more heavily involved in set pieces now that Jordan Henderson is out with injury, with penalty duties thought to be a part of the equation, and he is far less likely to be rested in either match this gameweek in comparison to the other three big options. He is looking a great value at 6.5m and has the benefit of a home game against Newcastle the following week making him even more attractive.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 14 - 8:18 PM

James Milner made a rash challenge while on a yellow card and was sent off leaving his teammates with a difficult task that they ultimately accomplished.

Apparently wanting to show that Francis Coquelin isn't the only Premier League midfielder capable of horrible judgment while on a yellow card. James Milner was dispossessed by Wilfried Zaha and, in his frustration, tracked down the former Manchester United player and committed a terrible foul that saw him booked for a second time. As a result of the suspension, Milner will miss the March 20th trip to St. Mary's to meet Southampton.
Mar 6 - 10:42 AM

James Milner played a part in each of Liverpool's first two goals as the Reds would go on to beat Manchester City 3-0, giving them some level of revenge for the loss against the same opponent just a few days ago in the Capital One Cup final.

It has been a consistently inconsistent season for the Reds in 2015/2016, but they are looking sharp in league play, outscoring their last two opponents, 9-0. Adam Lallana struck first from 30 yards away, which Milner gets credit for assisting, in the 34th minute. Seven minutes later, Roberto Firmino found Milner heading into the box and a nice first touch by the veteran set up a cool finish to make it 2-0. Lallana would then tee up Firmino in the 57th minute to put the match to bed, giving Milner, Lallana and Firmino a goal and an assist apiece. Philippe Coutinho was kept out of the starting lineup while Jon Flanagan made his first league start of the season. It's anyone's guess as to which version of the Reds will show up this weekend against Crystal Palace, but they certainly are racking up fantasy points all around lately.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 2 - 5:16 PM

James Milner will miss Liverpool's trip to Watford on Sunday with a calf issue and according to Jurgen Klopp, the midfielder has no timetable for return.

Liverpool have a tricky match against the Hornets and the absence of Milner will certainly be a blow. While not given much praise in fantasy circles, the veteran has been a consistent presence in the side. Lucky for the Reds, the issue comes at a time where Jordan Henderson is back fit and starting. They have a couple of options in Lucas and Joe Allen to fill in Milner's role, playing behind the attacking midfielders.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Liverpool weren't quite the attacking juggernauts who ripped apart Manchester City last week, but sound defending and a James Milner goal secured them three more points in a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

The Reds will take it any way they can get it as they move to sixth position in the league table. They certainly missed the creativity of Philippe Coutinho but they got a fine performance from Jordan Ibe in a spot start. Ibe nearly scored in the sixth minute but Swansea were able to clear it off the post to keep it 0-0. Then, in the 63rd minute, Ibe sent a cross that was handled by Neil Taylor, awarding Liverpool a penalty. Milner made it look clinical. The Swans fought harder from then on but couldn't equalize. Jordan Henderson made his long-awaited return from injury as a substitute and Daniel Sturridge made a cameo as well.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 01:20:00 PM

James Milner and Jordan Ibe have been passed fit for Liverpool ahead of a tough test against Manchester City at the Emirates in the late feature match tomorrow.

Milner is the likelier of the pair to crack Jurgen Klopp's XI for the trip to the Etihad, where the midfielder last plied his trade. His versatility could see him in the double pivot behind the attacking three or pushed a bit further. That may hinge on whether Klopp puts his trust in starting Roberto Firmino in the attack, to join in with Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho. Ibe will likely serve as a bench option.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 10:04:00 AM

James Milner is expected to miss Sundays’ clash against Crystal Palace as well as the upcoming England internationals versus Spain and France due to a hamstring problem.

Milner was involved in Thursdays’ Europa League tie in Rubin Kazan but the 29-year-old was replaced on the hour. Originally thought to be tactical switch, the Sunday Express now reveal his withdrawal was because of injury. Details on the extent of the strain are not yet known although Milner will have two weeks to recover before Liverpool travel to The Etihad. His absence is likely to hand either Joe Allen or Jordon Ibe an opportunity at Anfield today in what could be Jürgen Klopps’ only change from the side which won at Stamford Bridge.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 08:29:00 AM

James Milner grabbed his first goal as a member of Liverpool, a game-winner, as Liverpool toppled Australian outfit Brisbane Roar, 1-2.

Brisbane scored the opener in the 17th minute but it did not take long for Adam Lallana to level things, curling a shot into the far corner of net, making two goals in two for Lallana, who scored against the Thai All-Stars earlier in the week. The game winner came in the 75th minute when Milner, who fed Lallana for the first goal, scored himself after nutmegging a defender and scuffing a shot that fooled the Aussie shot-stopper. The Reds continue their preseason tour in Australia on Monday when they visit Adelaide United.
Source: Sky Sports
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 12:59:00 PM

Liverpool and James Milner have reached a compromise and the midfielder will join the Reds after his deal with Manchester City expires on July first.

Milner was a regular contributor for Manchester City this season and was very helpful at times. He has a diverse set of skills, that despite boring, are essential to any good club. The 29 year old will sign a long-term deal at Anfield after Liverpool beat Arsenal to his signature. Milner will partially replace Steven Gerrard, who is leaving for MLS, but Liverpool will need a lot more help if they lose Raheem Sterling as well.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 06:13:00 AM

James Milner is a target for Liverpool this summer, as his veteran leadership would be a welcome replacement for the departing Steven Gerrard.

Milner represents as close to a Gerrard replacement as one could conjure. A central midfielder, England international veteran with set piece skills in his locker, an engine-like stamina and the ability to be influential in both attack and defense. Jordan Henderson took a massive step forward last season to show that he can accomplish all this criteria but it doesn't hurt to have competition and both could wind up regulars in the XI should Milner join the club.
Wed, May 27, 2015 12:39:00 PM

James Milner will join Yaya Toure as missing from Manchester City's midfield against West Brom to kick off Premier League Week 30 on Saturday.

Manual Pellegrini will be missing two of his more influential midfielders with Yaya Toure and James Milner both ruled out for the visit of West Brom. Tony Pulis' side have been piling up the points since Pulis arrived and making it difficult for opponents to score. City, when at less than full strength, have had troubles scoring so the absences of key midfielders may be more significant than it might appear if you just compare places in the standings.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 02:54:00 PM

James Milner picked up a knee injury last week and although the problem is not "very serious" the player has been unable to train and will not face Newcastle.

Aside from Milner there are no other concerns for Manuel Pellegrini as Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony return following their African Cup of Nations triumph. "Wilfried is an important player - he’s on the squad list for tomorrow. We’ll see if he starts or if he’s on the bench." Sergio Aguero has overcome a minor back problem and is set to start as City look to keep the pressure on leaders Chelsea.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 05:01:00 PM

James Milner came on as a substitute and saved Manchester City at least some blushes as he hit a great free kick in extra time to earn a draw.

Manchester City can't afford to be dropping points at home to the likes of Hull City. While Chelsea were beating Aston Villa on the road, the Citizens were struggling to get so much as a point from Steve Bruce's side at home. Yes, Toure was still missing but Jose Mourinho, missing Costa and Fabregas, will have no sympathy on that front. Could City fall out of the top two? It certainly looks possible after two points from their last three matches.
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 12:25:00 PM

James Milner scored an injury-time winner as his brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup third round.

Milner has been playing in a forward role in the absence of the injured Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, and it was from that position he struck twice against Sheffield Wednesday. Manchester City failed to register a shot on target for more than an hour until Milner equalised by sliding the ball through the keeper's legs and he completed the win from close range in injury time, to celebrate his 29th birthday in style. David Silva and Samir Nasri started the game on the bench but were introduced in a second-half with their side behind, a switch that turned the game in City's favour as they progress to the 4th Round.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Jan 5, 2015 07:14:00 AM