James Milner announces England retirement

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James Milner has officially called time on his international career.

The Liverpool midfielder has been considering his England future since making just one appearance during the Euro 2016 horror show and following talks with new manager Sam Allardyce, has decided to retire.

Milner, who picked up 61 caps for his country since making his debut in 2009, has struggled to compete with the new breed of exciting youngsters coming through and it would appear Allardyce is keen to prioritise their development at international level.

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Roy Hodgson's replacement, Allardyce, has revealed the discussion that took place with the 30-year-old and hinted Milner could still return to the fold if the circumstances require it.

Allardyce said: “James has had the chance to reflect on his international career in recent months and consider his next steps, particularly with a young family at home and having allowed himself little free time away from the professional game in the past 15 years.

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“After we had a lengthy conversation with him earlier this week, he has decided to take a step back from international duty; a decision I fully respect. James can be proud of his seven-year career as a senior England player.”

He added: “In what is the mark of a true professional, James is a proud Englishman and has acknowledged that he would be prepared to step up again if I ever needed him to play a specific role of importance within my team.”

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Milner scored just one goal for the senior side but does hold the record for the most appearances at Under-21 level, featuring 46 times between 2004-09.

In the official statement posted on the FA website, Milner acknowledged the way Allardyce handled his predicament.

“I would like to thank Sam for taking the time to come and see me in person and have the conversation face-to-face, regarding my international future and role within the England set-up," Milner said.

“I think the decision we have reached is all about common sense. I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future.”

As you would expect, England fans have been reacting to the news on social media and we have gathered some of the best tweets posted so far:

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