Versatile and experienced, James Milner will bring a calm head aboard for England in this summer's World Cup visit to Brazil, having claimed his second Premier League title with Manchester City. Carrying 45 England starts already, the winger carries talent and long individual goalscorer market betting odds, but could be used tactically as an impact substitute to produce a late goal for the Three Lions.
Leeds-born Milner showed his talents at a very early age and enjoyed success at his home club's youth academy between 1996 and 2002, eventually graduating to the first squad at the age of 16 as he ventured into the Premier League.
On boxing day that year, he became the youngest player then to score in the Premier League during a 2–1 win against Sunderland - since broken by James Vaughan - before earning praise for a curling 18-yard shot after making space for himself against Chelsea a month later.
During that time, Milner scored three on-loan goals in six Swindon Town appearances before moving to Newcastle in 2004, playing in right and left winger roles during his 94 appearances and netting six goals.
A season at Aston Villa interloped his spell at the North East, signing for the club in 2008 and earning 73 appearances and 11 goals before transferring to Manchester City in 2010 for approximately £28.5 million. Milner has since scored eight goals and offered many crucial assists during his time at the blue side of Manchester, during which he and the club enjoyed their first Premier League title in 44 years during 2011/12 before repeating the feat in the most recent campaign.
Milner scored his first international goal in a 5–0 win away to Moldova during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying in September 2012, his only goal within a total of 45 senior England appearances since he earned his first cap in 2009 and assisted a Jermain Defoe finish during a 2-2 friendly draw against the Netherlands.
James Milner World Cup Betting Tips
Milner has certainly enjoyed a much more promising season despite regularly featuring as a substitute choice for the expanded Manchester City side. The Englishman enjoys a wider midfield role and is certainly capable of providing his strikers with the opportunity to bag the crucial goals needed in a competitive group D, but still knows how to score goals and will be a betting tip for individual goalscorer markets - particularly for last goal as a late substitute.