Liverpool midfielder James Milner has retired from England duty.



James Milner has retired from England duty after winning 61 caps in his seven-year spell with the Three Lions.

The Football Association (FA) confirmed the Liverpool midfielder, who made his debut back in 2009, has called time on his England duty.

Milner believes he has made the right decision which he said was "common sense" after talks with England manager Sam Allardyce.

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"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 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."

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 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."

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