Milner happy to play anywhere

Villa midfielder also insists squad remains united

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James Milner admits he is happy to play anywhere for England after being mentioned as a possible contender to play at left-back.

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"I am just happy to be with the England squad wherever that means I am playing."

James Milner.

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Fabio Capello has problems to contend with in defence as he finalises his plans for this summer's World Cup finals with Ashley Cole battling to be fit and Wayne Bridge making himself unavailable for selection for the national team.

Milner, who has featured for England at left-back in the past, is thought to be one of a number of contenders to fill the problematic role if Cole fails to recover in time for the trip to South Africa.

The Aston Villa ace admits he sees his position as a midfielder, but that he would be more than happy to fill in at left-back if needed.

"To have Wayne Bridge available would be great but we'll move on," said Milner.


"I've had 15 minutes experience at left-back but that was for England. If I'm asked to play there I'll do the best job I can.

"I obviously think my best positions are more attacking - centre midfield or wide either side - but if I am asked to play there I will do the job to the best of my ability and hopefully that is good enough.

"I am just happy to be with the England squad wherever that means I am playing.

"I am happy to be here. There are a lot of good players here, a lot of quality players competing for places and that's obviously healthy for the squad. I will just keep playing as well as I can and hopefully push my way into the squad, stay in squad and then you have got to look to a place in the starting line-up."

Milner also played down fears that the England squad could be suffering from burn-out by the time of the finals in South Africa because of their busy domestic schedule.

More games

"The England manager watches a lot of games. It's not just about this one - there's a lot of football between now and the World Cup," added Milner.

"But you want to play more games because it means you are successful for your side. I'm sure players would rather be playing more games than less."

Milner also echoed team-mate Wayne Rooney's sentiment that there are no problems in the squad, despite deposed captain John Terry's alleged affair with Bridge's former girlfriend.

"We're a squad, we are as one and we've got a job to do," insisted Milner.

"We're going into a major tournament and it's important we're all together, there's no way we'll be any different."

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