Liverpool's James Milner says Thursday's game will be a special occasion

England's James Milner in action with Portugal's Andre Gomes

England will face Wales in the 2pm kick-off in Lens on Thursday.

Liverpool's James Milner James Milner is looking forward to Thursday's clash against Wales

England and Liverpool stalwart James Milner has spoken to Sky Sports News ahead of the Three Lions' vital clash against Wales, describing the fixture as a special clash.

Milner, 30, is now one of England's most experienced squad members and has 61 international caps to his name. He spoke to Sky Sports ahead of Thursday's game that has the potential to be a group-topping decider, claiming that the encounter will be more like a Premier League fixture

"It's perhaps more the type of game that we're used to playing week-in, week-out but with a tournament atmosphere and it's going to be a special occasion," Milner said.

The former Aston Villa man was his usual consistent self throughout this past season, making 42 appearances for his club scoring seven goals and registering an impressive 14 assists. He was, however, unfairly made out to be scapegoat for England's disappointing draw with Russia after he was brought on as a 87th minute substitute.

Milner though, claims the performance was positive overall, saying: "We did that and stood out. We played a positive round of football, but ultimately didn't get the result. We have to make sure we are a bit more ruthless. Hopefully we can get all three points in the next game."

England's Milner and Vardy attend a training session at Chantilly Milner will be hoping for some kind of involvement against Wales

Thursday's fixture always had the potential to be a hugely important one for both sides, but it has now taken on more significance after the first round of results in Group B. Milner went on to highlight how well the two sides know each other and how it could lead to a cagey affair.

"Obviously it's going to be tough," he said. "It's a very different game to the first one. We all know each other very well, both sets of players, so it'll be an interesting game."

One thing is for certain, the identity of the group winners will be a lot clearer come 4pm on Thursday.

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