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James Milner

James Milner
Personal information
Full nameJames Philip Milner
Date of birth4 January 1986(age 31)
Place of birthWortley, Leeds, England
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9.2 in)
Playing positionWinger, Centre Midfielder
Club information
Current clubManchester City

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James Philip Milner (born 4 January 1986) is a footballer who plays as a winger or central midfielder for Premier League club Manchester City and the England national team. He previously played for Leeds United, Swindon Town, Newcastle United and Aston Villa. He is mainly a winger but is versatile and can deputise at both full-back positions when needed. In the 2009 10 season he was utilised in a more central position by Aston Villa.

Milner's talent in football, cricket, and long-distance running was recognised when he was a child. He represented his school in these sports and played football for amateur teams from Rawdon and Horsforth. He supported Leeds United from a young age and was a season ticket holder at the club. In 1996 he joined the Leeds United youth academy and worked his way up. He made his debut for the first team in 2002, aged only 16, and gained prominence as the youngest player to score in the Premier League.

While at Leeds United, he spent time on loan at Swindon Town to gain experience as a first-team player. Following his move to Newcastle United, he was loaned to Aston Villa for a season. He had since established himself as a regular starter in the Newcastle, and later the Villa and Manchester City first teams. He made more than 100 appearances for Newcastle, as well as making a record number of appearances for the England under-21 team. He made his debut for the full team against Netherlands in August 2009 and also played at the 2010 World Cup

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