Milner: 'I Didn't Get Stability At Leeds Or Newcastle'!

Last updated : 02 September 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

...Rooney has amassed 53 caps, Milner has a single international appearance to his name, coming on for a 20-minute appearance against Holland in Amsterdam last month.

Who's fault is that? Leeds and Newcastle apparently.

He says "I won't make excuses" ... but then again ... he will.

Milner: "I don't know how many managers have played under.

"Including caretakers it is probably 12 or 13 (including John Carver and Nigel Pearson the actual number is 13, which incorporates a loan spell at Swindon).

"Hopefully this could be the first season I start and finish with the same manager.

"I am not making excuses but that hasn't helped. There always seemed to be something going on at Leeds and Newcastle. Getting relegated with Leeds was probably my lowest point.

"But it is not just going through the tough times, it is what you take from them that counts.

"You can't change anything that is happening with takeovers or administration. All you can control is what is happening on the pitch.

"You try and play as well as you can. But as a squad as a whole, it does affect you when you don't know what is hpening. You need stability.

"In a way, when Wayne came through he took a lot of limelight off me, which helped massively.

"If that had not happened, I would probably have had more attention than I had, so I am very grateful to him.

"When you look at how well he dealt with it, it just shows what a strong character he is as well as being such a fantastic player.

"When you are growing up as a kid, kicking a ball against the garage at nine or 10 you are dreaming of scoring for England in a World Cup final.

"You work so hard every day to get to the top but hopefully this is just the start of a chapter.

"I have not reached my goal. I have played for 20 minutes and I have got one cap.

"That is great. Now I have to prove I should be in every squad and that I should be in the team.

"You don't stop. You strive for more."