Newcastle manager claims winger should play for England: Is he really that good?

Kevin Keegan has been in charge of the national side and, although it was an ill-fated reign, you’d think he has some idea of what’s required to play at international level. After his team’s exciting 3-2 extra-time win at Coventry last night, he has no doubt that one of his charges should be in the thoughts of Fabio Capello.

The Shields Gazette reports that the Magpies manager has been singing the praises of James Milner, a player who has played numerous times for England Under-21’s and could eventually become a regular in the senior side. There have been plenty of rumours linking the former Leeds man to Aston Villa and Liverpool this summer, and perhaps his performances have been worth of a call-up?

“Once you have played 30 games for the Under-21s you deserve a crack at the big time,” observed Keegan.

“He is as good as, if not better than, some of the lads who have had a chance.

“He is one that Fabio Capello should have a serious look at. Capello needs to talk to a few people. He might not know James, but those around him should.”

It should be the Italian’s job to have a thorough knowledge of all players featuring in the Premier League, is Milner really good enough to play for England though? Should he come in at the expense of David Bentley or David Beckham? It’s all very well gaining plaudits for playing well at Coventry but can the winger cut it against the Croatias of this world?

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