James Milner

Name:
James Milner
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
04/01/1986
Height:
5' 9" (176cm)
Weight:
11st 0lbs (70.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Manchester City, Newcastle, Swindon (loan), Leeds
Position:
Midfielder
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James Milner was an absolute revelation in the 2009-10 term, beginning on the wing and ending in the middle of the park.

Milner was sensational that season, grafting for the team and also showing exceptional skill when on the ball.

He picked up a host of awards at the club's end-of-season dinner, including Supporters Player of the Year and Goal of the Season.

But the highlight was undoubtedly his PFA Young Player of the Year prize, following in the footsteps of Ashley Young to bag the national honour. He also made it into the Team of the Year, alongside Richard Dunne.

He was also a revelation for England too, flying out to South Africa as part of Fabio Capello's 23-man squad for the summer showpiece.

And while the team returned home early after a terrible 4-1 defeat to Germany, Milner came out of the competition with credit.

He set up Jermain Defoe for the winning goal against Slovenia in England's only victory in the competition.

He earned his place after some tremendous performances for Villa throughout the 2009-10 term.

His standout moment was the rocket against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light while he also drilled home the vital penalty in our home win over Blues.

Milner finally became a Villa player just before the summer 2008 transfer window closed - but the deal should really have happened two years earlier.

After an impressive season on loan under former boss David O'Leary, the England international held talks with Martin O'Neill shortly after the new manager's appointment, only for Newcastle United to decide they were not willing to sell.

That was a blow to both Villa and Milner, but when he finally became a full-fledged Villan, he helped the team to a top six finish and the last 32 of the UEFA Cup in a season in which Newcastle were relegated.

Milner's career began at Leeds United, for whom he became the second youngest player to appear in the Premier League when he made his debut as a substitute against West Ham in 2002 at the age of 16 years and 309 days.

In 2004 he joined Newcastle and 12 months later he made his loan move to Villa Park at the same time that Nobby Solano returned to St. James' Park.

Milner has the distinction of being the most-capped England under-21 player.


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