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Midfielder insists players can handle the pressure

Milner: Determined

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James Milner insists the England camp is determined to right the wrongs of their recent past.

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"Some people might turn round and say, 'I have had enough, I don't need that'."

James Milner

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The Three Lions and national coach Fabio Capello came in for heavy criticism following a shambolic showing at the 2010 World Cup.

They have responded positively since then, with a friendly success against Hungary backed up by a 4-0 drubbing of Bulgaria in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier.

However, headlines continue to be made for all the wrong reasons, with allegations regarding Wayne Rooney's private life plastered all over all the Sunday newspapers.

Such reports could not have come at a worse time, as the squad are currently preparing for an away date with Switzerland on Tuesday and could do without any distractions.

Tighter

Milner, though, is adamant that the national side have grown accustomed to handling outside interference and is confident they are now a stronger unit after all they have been through.

"It is all about the team pulling together," said the Manchester City midfielder.

"You need to be united and get on with the business at hand which is winning football matches.

"The tighter we are as a group, the stronger we will come out of these experiences.

"When you are up against the wall in big matches, when you are losing or have a man sent off, you are mentally strong enough to succeed."

Pressure

Milner accepts that the side will always be under close scrutiny, but admits that some players could walk away from the international stage should the spotlight become too bright.

"I would rather be under pressure because it means that things are going in the right direction on the football field," he reflected.

"But some people might turn round and say, 'I have had enough, I don't need that'.

"Thousands of people come every week and there are kids with your name on the back of their shirt.

"We are very privileged to be representing this country and whatever job you do there will be things you like and things you don't."

Should Wayne Rooney play against Switzerland on Tuesday?

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