James Milner insists England are making progress under Roy Hodgson
James Milner believes England are moving forward quickly with Roy Hodgson at the helm and have improved since Euro 2012.
Last Updated: 10/09/12 7:16am
Hodgson was appointed just before the summer tournament and steered the Three Lions to the quarter-finals, where they were knocked out by Italy on penalties.
He has now had more time to work with his squad and Milner insists they have already made progress, after starting their World Cup qualifying campaign with a convincing 5-0 victory over Moldova.
Speaking ahead of the next clash against Ukraine on Tuesday, Milner said: "We changed manager just before the tournament, and I think we looked very solid and difficult to beat but maybe didn't play as well as we could do with the ball.
"We are moving forward already, we saw that the other night. And the longer we are together working with the manager we will become better as individual players and as a team."
The 26-year-old has featured in every fixture since Hodgson replaced Fabio Capello and admitted he now feels like a more important member of the squad.
"I think I definitely feel more comfortable," he said.
"I have played a number of times and I think the more you are in and around the squad the more comfortable you'll be.
"I was very fortunate to get a number of caps at Under 21 level and I think the more experience you have at international level can only be a good thing for you as a player."
Milner scored against Moldova and he is pleased that the team are not overly reliant on their strikers.
"The more goals you have in your side, the more likely you are to win football matches," he said.
"If there is a lot of pressure on your striker - your Jermain Defoe, your Wayne Rooney or your Danny Welbeck - you need someone else to pop up with a goal and it is important we have that.
"I suppose it is pleasing the other night that a number of names got on the scoresheet and hopefully we can carry that forward - the more threats you have from all over the field, whether that's from set-pieces or in open-play, it is important for the team."
Milner collected a Premier League winners' medal with City last season and is a firm believer that playing with world-class talent at the Etihad Stadium has helped his own game improve.
"I don't think it'll do you any harm, winning titles," he said.
"As individuals you have success and you always grow up by winning the league, and the confidence you gain from that gives you the hunger to want to do it again.
"I'm very lucky to be playing with some of the best players in the world, you have to enjoy that and also learn as much as you can from training with these guys every day - it can only make you a better player yourself."