Liverpool midfielder James Milner plans to talk to new England boss Sam Allardyce about his international future, after suggesting he may quit. The 30-year-old has claimed it would be "pointless" if he were picked in future England squads if he is not going to appear on the field.
The energetic midfielder, who has won 61 caps for England since making his debut in 2009, played just three minutes at Euro 2016 – and does not wish to extend his international career if he is not going to make a meaningful contribution.
"I have two young kids and if I am not going to play, and travel, that is something I am going to have to consider," he told the Liverpool Echo. "I have been to four tournaments but that hasn't helped me at all."
Milner was the third-most capped player in England's Euro 2016 squad, behind captain Wayne Rooney (115) and Joe Hart (63). But the Liverpool star said he does not wish to block the path of young players if he is not going to feature under Allardyce.
"With the good young players that we have coming through, it is pointless me taking up a spot just because I am reliable," said Milner, who joined Liverpool from Manchester City in 2015. "I am happy it is Sam as I know I can have a good conversation with him and it will be honest. That is all I ever wanted."
Milner was part of England's squad at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, as well as Euro 2012. He has started seven games at major finals, but became an increasingly peripheral figure towards the end of Roy Hodgson's reign.