James Milner tells England- Keep it short

Last updated : 24 March 2011 By Daily Mail

England manager Fabio Capello is set to hand Liverpool striker Carroll his second cap and his first in a competitive game less than two months after a ?35million transfer from Newcastle made him the most expensive British footballer ever.

Capello hopes the 6ft 3in Geordie will forge a prolific striking partnership with Wayne Rooney but England have been guilty in the past, when Peter Crouch has played, of launching too many raking balls towards their big centre forward.

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Milner said: 'It is important we carry on with the game as normal. Get it down on the pitch, play football and use the players we've got in our team.

'We have to go forward, fight for second balls and get crosses in the box if that is the right option.

'We have worked as a team on team shape, and Andy is a great option and a great weapon to have. It is another string to our bow. That is an option if we need it.

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'Andy made his debut in November (in the 2-1 defeat by France) and had a good game. He has been injured since but he's looking good. He is fit and doing some finishing. He looks sharp.'

The Manchester City midfielder believes England's mental approach will be crucial in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as Wales attempt to embarrass their neighbours.

Milner said: 'They'll come flying out of the box and it's down to us to match them for effort, determination and work-rate. Then, hopefully, the quality and experience will come through.

'We've all played in big games and this is a big game. You need to run that extra yard and to put in your foot for your? team-mate.

'We should go there with the mentality to win the game but, however good you say you will be, it's about proving it. We know it will be tough. We will have to battle hard.'

Milner backed John Terry's reappointment as captain, saying: 'Everyone is happy for John. Every week, he has shown his qualities. He leads on the pitch but also off it.'

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Source: Daily Mail

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