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Why Liverpool’s Milner will not come out of retirement for 2018 World Cup

England’s saviour?

Liverpool’s James Milner put on another incredible display against Manchester City on Wednesday but questions over an England recall have been answered.

The Englishman is currently leading the assist chart in the Champions League and is three ahead of the nearest competitor.

He has also impressed both in European competition and in the Premier League this season.

That has raised some questions over his international future, with central midfield a worrying position for the side ahead of the World Cup.

James Milner - Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

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Though, Milner has already retired from international duty after he was not selected often enough a couple of years back.

No international return

Now, there has been talk of a potential return to England for Milner but the Times have revealed that will not be happening.

They claim that the player will not return to the England setup because he feels his club form has benefitted from not being available.

Not only that, the player feels that Gareth Southgate will continue to look to youth players.

The Times article claims:

James Milner will not reverse his decision to retire from international duty with England despite excelling in front of Gareth Southgate in the Champions League win over Manchester City.

The midfielder believes he has benefited from calling time on his 61-cap England career following Euro 2016 and will not make himself available for selection again.

Milner feels that England, under Southgate, will continue to look to youth and the 32-year-old has also benefited from time off he has been granted by Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp during the international breaks.

Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott discuss their decisions to leave Arsenal

One Milner teammate who could make a splash at the World Cup is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The player impressed against Manchester City on Wednesday and could well make the squad this summer.

Though, he has been talking about his decision to leave Arsenal this week.

Click here to see what he had to say. 

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