The 28-year-old is one of the most senior figures in
Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad and believes that the
Three Lions can do well in Brazil if they have a good
James Milner believes that England have the perfect blend
of youth and experience to make a sustained challenge at
the World Cup.
At 28, the midfielder is one of the more senior members of
Roy Hodgson's squad, the manager having entrusted the likes
of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw with places
in a youthful 23-man party for the tournament in Brazil.
Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica provide stern opposition for
England in Group D but Milner is confident that the Three
Lions have the right mix to progress to the latter stages.
"The first game is always important; we need a good result
there," Milner said at a fans' forum event ahead of his side's
opening fixture against the Azzurri in Manaus on Saturday.
"It's out in the rainforest and it's going to be pretty warm.
"With the team we've got, a lot of the lads are in good form
and they've had really good seasons. Hopefully they can feed
off that energy now.
"As a group going forward we've got great experience [and]
a lot of youth. It's a really good mix. With that mix of energy,
youth and experience, I'm sure we can do good things.
"We have a tough group but, with the squad we've got, I’m
sure we'll do well. Yes, it's tough but teams are at the World
Cup because they're the best in the world."