Merson makes surprise claim, says James Milner is one of the best signings this season

James Milner

Paul Merson has spoken highly of Liverpool's James Milner.

Pundit Paul Merson has told Sky Sports that he thinks Liverpool midfielder James Milner should be in the England starting line-up to face Russia at Euro 2016.

England take on Germany in a friendly in Berlin later tonight, and the game has got people talking about what Roy Hodgson's team may look like in France for the European Championships this summer.

The usual names such as Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney are bound to be involved despite injury scares, but newer faces like Tottenham's Danny Rose and Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater are also in with a shout having been called up to face Germany and the Netherlands this week.

Now, pundit Paul Merson has had his say on what the England team should be, telling Sky Sports that Ross Barkley, Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney should start behind Harry Kane in a dangerous attacking line-up.

Merson also suggested that Eric Dier should sit in holding midfield alongside Liverpool's James Milner, rather than his Anfield team-mate Jordan Henderson.

Merson stated that Milner's non-stop running and experience at the highest level will come in handy alongside the relatively inexperienced Dier, whilst he also believes that the temperature in France means England will need legs in midfield, something Milner offers.

Merson also made a surprise claim, stating that Milner - who signed for Liverpool on a free transfer from Manchester City last summer - has been one of the signings of the season, despite barely receiving any praise for his performances this term.

"Milner has got the legs, he can get around the pitch and he is experienced," said Merson. "He can run all day, which is important because it is going to be so hot over in France. As a free transfer for Liverpool, he has got to be one of the best signings of the season," he added.

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