James Milner has had a wonderful football career.
The Englishman broke through to Leeds’ first-team at the age of just 16 years old in 2002.
He has gone on to play for Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool, while also representing his country on 61 occasions.
Milner, now 36 years old, has played alongside so many world-class players during his playing career.
But who makes a best XI of players he’s played alongside?
Milner named his ‘perfect XI’ of teammates, both past and present, in an interview with FourFourTwo in 2020.
So many legends feature, while a plethora of talent also misses out. View who he selected below…
GK: Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
“Alisson has got it all. Coming into a new squad and a new country isn’t easy, but he made us a better team.”
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
“What he’s already achieved is so impressive.”
CB: Jonathan Woodgate (Leeds, England)
Milner went with Woodgate over John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany.
“I’m leaving both Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany out of my side, which shows just how much I thought of him.”
LB: Ashley Cole (England)
“Ashley was the fittest footballer around and always did the job that was expected of him.”
CM: David Silva (Man City)
“It was always about the weight of a pass and spotting things nobody else could. But he also loved a tackle!”
CM: Steven Gerrard (England)
“The best all-round footballer I’ve ever played with. It’s scary to think about it, as you could have played him anywhere and he would have excelled.”
CM: Frank Lampard (England, Man City)
“His attitude as a player was always second to none.”
RW: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
“The lowest-maintenance footballer I’ve ever known.
He simply works really hard, smiles and does everything that’s asked of him.”
LW: Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Aguero and Milner played alongside each other at Man City.
The Argentine went down in history as one of the best players to ever grace the Premier League, bagging 184 English top-flight goals.
ST: Alan Shearer (Newcastle)
“Alan lived to score goals and was the best at it.”
What a team. Milner’s team is so good that massive names including Ferdinand, Terry, Kompany, Mohamed Salah, David Beckham, Andy Robertson, Wayne Rooney and Sadio Mane all missed out.