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James Milner should start for England in the centre of midfield

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As we approach this summer's footballing spectacle, Euro 2016, the usual selection dilemma's will no doubt be the focal point of the discussion surrounding England.

Central midfield is a position which has already drawn a lot of debate, however, one player is making a strong case to be included in the starting lineup.

Experienced stalwart James Milner has been in fine form since his move to Liverpool in the summer despite not being a firm favourite amongst the fans at Anfield.

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With Jordan Henderson likely to miss the Euro's through injury, we could perhaps see his co-worker slot into his role, even though his inclusion may prove displeasing to some England fans.

Milner has scored seven goals and recorded ten assists in all competitions this season and his recent displays in the middle of the park highlight the positives he can bring to the England team.

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Experience

Milner has been in and among the national setup for some time now as well as consistently appearing in the Premier League for the duration of his career.

The 30-year-old has experience at the highest level and it is this attribute which could prove hugely beneficial to England.

Roy Hodgson is likely to field a relatively inexperienced side, with the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy all making strong cases for a starting berth this season.

An experienced head will be essential in helping these players adjust to the harsh reality of a major international tournament.

Much like Gary Cahill in defence Milner's presence could be crucial in establishing an effective spine for England, one that the younger players can learn from and perhaps thrive off of.

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Perfect partner for Dier

Dier is likely to be the first choice defensive midfielder for Hodgson due to his impressive performances for Tottenham Hotspur this season, so finding a suitable partner will be of the utmost importance.

Milner's playing style could be the perfect compliment for the Spurs anchorman. A player with a creative side but yet also possesses the discipline to forge a combative midfield duo.

Dier will need all the support he can get and an energetic workhorse like Milner would limit his exposure to the

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