Date: 19th December 2008 at 5:58pm
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Martin O’Neill has told Sky Sports that he thinks it is just a matter of time before James Milner gets and England call up.

O’Neill said: ‘I am naturally very pleased for James after what Fabio said. That will have given him a further boost of confidence. Is he ready for an England call-up? I am sure in time that will come. He has got the ability. He feels he has got much more to give and much more to learn. But he is making very good progress at the moment. I accept the point that if Fabio says anything about any player he likes, then it is raging headlines.’



And on the £12million purchase from Newcastle United, he says he is like minded to the England boss!

‘He mentioned Milner and says he likes him. I would say ‘Snap’, because I paid some money to Newcastle for him. I have been delighted with him. He has still to realise his potential, he knows that himself. Even at this moment, he feels there is much more to give this season.’

He also says that Milner has shown strength and determination in playing so hard whilst not being well.



‘He has given everything. Before the Everton game he could hardly stand up and played when other players would have chosen not to. Then he had no training at all before the Bolton game last weekend and played again. He has got a fantastic heart.’