first_imgWith Cahill dropping to the bench for the game against Holland — the last England fixture before manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for Euro 2016 on May 12 — Milner has inherited the captain’s armband.“It’s great he has the opportunity to play tomorrow and to do it as captain of his country,” Hodgson told reporters while sitting next to Milner during a press conference at England’s team hotel in Watford, north of London.“There’s no doubt that he’s versatile. We were speaking the other day and James gave me a long list of positions he’s played.“There’s not many he’s not played. We’ve always known James is a very, very good midfield player.”Asked what it meant to him, Milner replied: “Everything. Growing up, you’re desperate to put on that England shirt. You’re scoring goals for England in your back garden.“To get the chance to lead your country out is a massive honour and something you’ll never forget.”Hodgson also revealed that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will start against the Dutch, having missed the whole of England’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign due to a succession of injuries.“Daniel Sturridge will come into the team,” he said. “We’re pleased to welcome him back after his long lay-off.”Hodgson expressed sympathy for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who will miss the Euro after it was revealed that he will be out for around three months with a fractured ankle sustained against Germany.“To get your chance against Germany and fracture your ankle in that way, it’s a devastating blow,” Hodgson said.“All of us felt enormous sympathy for him, and empathy too. But he was very stoic. He said to me, ‘I’ll come back stronger. This won’t affect my career in any way.’“Our best wishes are with him. We’re all going to miss him because we were hoping he was going to be a part of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s midfielder James Milner celebrates after scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match at Anfield in Liverpool, England on March 2, 2016 (AFP Photo/Paul Ellis)WATFORD, March 28 – Liverpool midfielder James Milner will captain England for the first time in Tuesday’s home friendly with the Netherlands, the Football Association announced on Monday.The 30-year-old, capped 57 times, takes over from Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill, who stood in for injured regular skipper Wayne Rooney in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over world champions Germany in Berlin.last_img read more

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first_img1 Dimitri Payet is joining West Ham from Marseille Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet looks set to become West Ham’s first major signing in the Slaven Bilic era, so talkSPORT takes a more detailed look at what he brings to the table.Name: Dimitri PayetDate of Birth: 29/04/1987Born: Réunion (French island in the Indian Ocean)Position: MidfielderClub: MarseilleInternational: 15 France caps (correct as of 25/06/15)What’s the Latest?Despite Marseille hoping he would stay put, Payet has arrived in London to complete his move to West Ham, with the Hammers paying an expected fee of £10.7m. Their new star will make around £80,000 per week on his new five-year contract, talkSPORT understands.Did You Know?1) Being deployed primarily as a winger or attacking midfielder, Payet is known for his speed, ball control and vision. In 36 league games during the 2014/15 season, he managed to score seven goals and create 17, the most in Ligue 1.2) Last season, Payet created 135 scoring chances for his club, more than any other player in the major European leagues. And yes, that includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard.3) Payet has been playing internationally for France since the Under-21 level, and to date has made 15 appearances for the senior side.4) Over the course of his career, Payet has developed a reputation as somewhat of a hothead, with his former coach Stéphane Moreau describing him as a “talented player despite his natural indifference.” He also refused to show up to training at Saint-Etienne once in an attempt to force a move to Paris Saint-Germain during the 2011 January transfer deadline.The move didn’t happen and as punishment, his club forced Payet to train with the reserves, but when he returned to first team duty he explained that he had no regrets over the incident. Six months later he joined Lille, spending two years there before his Marseille move.What is being said?They say:French football expert Lucile Alard of Eurosport says that “[Payet] makes a lot of assists. He has a strong vision of the game and could make the difference with a pass; he can organise the game. He chose West Ham for the money and for the chance to play in the Premier League. Marseille cannot match this wage offer from West Ham, and the other explanation for his likely exit is the fascination for the Premier League that many French players have.”Video Evidence:last_img read more

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