Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tipped James Milner to be in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup.
The comments come from Pellegrini’s press conference in the build up to City's Capital One Cup semi-final clash with West Ham.
Milner has sometimes been the forgotten man in England and Manchester City’s squads - despite playing consistently, the Leeds-born midfielder rarely grabs the headlines.
The praise comes as England manager Roy Hodgson faced a small crisis, as winger Theo Walcott was revealed to be out for six months meaning he would miss the World Cup.
Milner has scored twice and assisted 10 times in his 27 appearances for Man City this season and has been a big factor in City league position; it's perhaps why Pellegrini has faith in the versatile midfielder
"I think James Milner is a very strong player," the City boss told reporters. "I wouldn't tell the England manager what to do or who to pick, but he's a good player and I trust in him a lot."
Walcott’s injury means Hodgson may have to change his midfield options for the competition and Pellegrini seems to be putting Milner forward.
Milner's versatility could be a large factor of the decision on his involvement with the squad having played both wings, central midfield and right-back for City so far this season.
The actual squad won't be released until later in the year, but with Walcott out Hodgson may be facing a small selection crisis already.
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