James Milner warns England not to expect easy ride against Moldova in World Cup qualifier

James Milner: 'It was a good performance out there in Moldova, we managed to get on top early'

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Manchester City midfielder James Milner has warned his England team-mates not to expect an easy ride against Moldova.

England won 5-0 in Chisinau 12 months ago, but Milner is adamant that they can take nothing for granted at Wembley on Friday before they head off for a crucial Group H game in Ukraine on Tuesday.

"It was a good performance out there in Moldova, we managed to get on top early so hopefully we can do that on Friday," he said.

"We have a tough game on Friday first, but when we go out to Ukraine there will be a great atmosphere.

"We have four games left and it's in our hands. It's down to us to perform in them and finish the job."

Milner, who did not make his full England debut until he was 23, is hoping to see Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling in action over the two games.

"It's pleasing that we have some young players form the U21s stepping up. It shows there is the quality there," Milner added.

"It's a really good time to be in the England squad, we have a good mix of younger and older players.

"It doesn't take too much motivation to play for your country. Everyone is desperate to do their best for the Three Lions."

Roy Hodgson's side are second in the group, two points behind Montenegro with a game in hand. England tackle Montenegro at Wembley on 11 October and Poland at home on 15 October.