Liverpool midfielder James Milner has announced his retirement from international football. The 30-year-old — who won 61 caps for the Three Lions, scoring one goal — made the decision after speaking with the newly appointed England boss Sam Allardyce.
Milner had hinted earlier he planned to consider his long-term future, saying he did not wish to block opportunities for younger players. He was a squad member at two World Cups and two European Championships, but was a peripheral figure at Euro 2016.
"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," the Liverpool player told the FA's official website. "I think the decision we have reached is all about common sense. I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future."
Meanwhile, Allardyce thanked Milner for his efforts as an England player. "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," the England manager explained.
"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 and has never let his country down when called upon. His club career, already glittering, has many years ahead and we wish him well with Liverpool this season and beyond."
Milner previously said he did not wish to extend his international career if he was not going to make a meaningful contribution. "With the good young players that we have coming through, it is pointless me taking up a spot just because I am reliable," explained Milner, who joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2015.
"I am happy [the new manager] is Sam as I know I can have a good conversation with him and it will be honest. That is all I ever wanted."