An English professional footballer, James Philip Milner plays as a midfielder for Premier League club, Liverpool. Milner is a versatile player, having played on the wing, in midfield, and at full-back. Early on, Milner was recognized for his talent in football, cricket, and long-distance running. In these sports, he represented Horsforth School, and he also played football for Rawdon and Horsforth amateur teams. As a Leeds United fan, he joined the Leeds Youth Academy in 1996. As the youngest player to score in the Premier League, he made his Premier League debut aged 16 and later spent some time on loan at Swindon Town to gain more first-team experience.
Milner was sold to Newcastle United at the end of the 2003 – 04 season after Leeds United was relegated. Milner played over 100 times for Newcastle United, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2006, and spent a year on loan at Aston Villa before signing for them permanently in 2008. In 2010, Milner won the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He then joined Manchester City and won two Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, and one FA Community Shield. Milner joined Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015 and was appointed vice-captain by new manager Jurgen Klopp. In 2019, he won the UEFA Champions League, as well as his third Premier League title, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
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Born in Wortley, Leeds, Milner spent most of his childhood playing football at Westbrook Lane Primary School in Horsforth. Milner attended Horsforth School for his secondary education. Graeme Coulson, a Rawdon coach, recognized Milner’s talent and persuaded him to play for Rawdon in several tournaments, including one at Rawdon Meadows, where Milner scored four goals in their win.
Milner achieved 11 GCSEs and an award in physical education at his school; he was described as a “first-class” student. Milner played cricket for the Yorkshire Schools team, was the cross-country champion at his school for three consecutive years, and the district champion over 100 meters for two years running. At Boston Spa School, a sports college affiliated with the football club, he completed his studies.
From a young age, Milner supported his hometown club Leeds United. The first memory he has of the team is of them winning the FA Youth Cup in 1993. Milner and his parents, Peter and Lesley, were season ticket holders. Milner later became a ball boy for the club.
After being spotted by a scout while playing for Westbrook Juniors in Horsforth, Milner joined the Leeds United Academy at the age of 10. Milner played against contemporaries from other clubs in Northern England, including the future Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Leeds-born Alan Smith, then a Leeds United striker, was his role model.
He believed playing with Smith put him through a learning curve, as Smith had achieved what he had aspired to incoming through the academy and playing for the first team. Milner was hired as a trainee after leaving the Academy after making good progress there. To continue his education, his father, however, insisted he attend college once a week.
Milner continued to play for England’s under-15 and under-17 teams while in the youth team. His goal against Brazil helped England’s under-17 team win the Nationwide summer tournament against Italy, the Czech Republic, and Brazil in 2002.
James Milner Net Worth
James Milner is an English soccer player who has a net worth of $10 million.[table id=2783 /]
This talented footballer has made a good fortune throughout his career. He is earning an extraordinary salary that boosted his total net worth. His weekly salary is $155,153 and makes $7 million from his salary in a year from his team. Mohamed Salah is the highest-paid player in the team with £10,400,000 annually in salary.
In addition, Milner earns $0.6 million annually through endorsement deals. His major deal is with Nike from the promotion of shoes. James Milner is fond of luxury cars and his collection includes Volvo S60, BMW, and Audi A6.
- Leeds’ first-team debut for Milner came on 10 November 2002, when he came on as a substitute for Jason Wilcox for the last six minutes of the match against West Ham United. At 16 years and 309 days, he became the second-youngest player in Premier League history.
- With a goal in a 2 – 1 win against Sunderland on 26 December 2002, he became the youngest player to score in the Premier League at 16 years and 356 days. James Vaughan of Everton broke his record in 2005. Two days later, Milner scored again, using a deft first touch of the ball and maneuver to avoid a tackle by Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly. With this maneuver, he created a yard of space for him to deliver a curling shot from 18 yards (16 m).
- Leeds signed Milner to a five-year contract on 10 February 2003 after he made more appearances for them. Milner spent one month on loan with Swindon Town during the 2003 – 04 season to gain experience as a first-team player. As a player, he saw it as a valuable experience.
- In contrast, Leeds’ fortunes were in decline; the team became the subject of numerous negative stories in the media, and several first-team players were sold.
- The club’s eventual relegation to the Championship led to speculation about Milner’s future. Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Everton have all expressed interest in signing him. Ultimately, Villa and Everton failed to make an offer, and Milner rejected an offer from Tottenham due to their location being too far from his family home.
- Leeds insisted he would not be sold, with chairman Gerald Krasner describing him as “the future of Leeds”. Nevertheless, financial problems forced Leeds to sell Milner to Newcastle United for £5 million. Milner did not want to leave the club he supported as a child, however, he wanted to do what was “in the club’s best interest” and in July 2004 he signed a five-year contract with Newcastle.
- On Newcastle United’s pre-season tour of Asia, Milner scored his first goal for the club in a 1 – 1 draw against Kitchee in Hong Kong. He observed how Newcastle striker Alan Shearer handled attention from fans and the media during this tour.
- On 18 August 2004, Milner played his first Premier League match for Newcastle against Middlesbrough as a winger, despite having played on the left for Leeds.
- During Newcastle’s UEFA Cup match against Bnei Sakhnin from Israel, he made his UEFA Cup debut after coming on as a substitute for Shola Ameobi. Also as a substitute, he scored his first competitive goal for the club in a 3 – 1 win against West Bromwich Albion.
- Despite starting 13 league matches under Souness, he did not play his first Premier League match for Newcastle until April 2005. Milner was frustrated by not being a starter for most of the season.
- Milner scored in Newcastle’s 3 – 1 away win against FK ZTS Dubnica in the UEFA Intertoto Cup at the start of the 2005 – 06 season and provided the assist for the team’s third goal through Alan Shearer.
Loan to Aston Villa
- Newcastle’s purchase of Nolberto Solano from Aston Villa resulted in Milner being loaned to Villa for the remainder of the season. Milner was acquired in this deal by David O’Leary, who worked with Milner at Leeds, and who said he hoped Villa would improve him as a player.
- In a Premier League match against West Ham United on 12 September 2005, he made his Villa debut. Five days later, he scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. The following week, he scored two goals in a second-half comeback against Wycombe Wanderers to help his team recover from being 3 – 1 down at halftime.
- Milner remained optimistic about his team throughout the season. Villa will recover from their poor start to the season, and he praised the quality of their squad.
- Villa fans generally regarded Milner as a positive signing during a disappointing season. Milner himself also saw the loan move positively, saying that he would like to join Villa permanently because of the possibility of becoming a regular starter, but that the possibility was beyond his control.
- Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder appeared to appreciate Milner’s skills more than Souness and wanted him to remain at the club. In addition to O’Leary’s departure and the lack of transfer funds at Villa, a deal for Milner to sign permanently seemed unlikely.
- When Villa rejected an offer of Milner as part of a trade for Gareth Barry in June, it became even less likely. The deal was revived when Randy Lerner acquired Villa, and Martin O’Neill was appointed manager. Villa were apparently close to signing Milner, but Newcastle recalled him at the last minute and the deal collapsed.
Return to Newcastle United
- Milner’s return to Newcastle was welcomed by the players and manager Glenn Roeder at the start of the 2006 – 07 season. For the entire season, Milner started for Newcastle.
- Despite Newcastle’s poor start in the 2006 – 07 Premier League, Milner played a major role in helping the Magpies reach the round of 16 of the UEFA Cup, playing all but one of the Magpies’ 12 games. Milner and Roeder both denied the rumors that he would be sold in the January transfer window.
- In a 2 – 2 draw with Manchester United on 1 January 2007, Milner scored his first goal of the season. A “stunning” shot from 25 yards (23 meters) away resulted in the goal. During the next three weeks, he scored two more goals, against Birmingham City and then against West Ham United.
- During the season, Milner displayed his ability to play in a range of different positions by scoring and setting up goals from both sides. Milner signed a new contract with Newcastle in January, securing his future at the club until 2011. In May 2007, when Sam Allardyce took over as Newcastle manager, he signed a new four-year contract.
- He scored Newcastle’s 500th Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur in late October. A shot intended as a cross provided a fortunate second Premier League goal of the season in the Tyne-Wear derby. During the season, Allardyce praised Milner, calling him “a highly experienced Premier League player”.
- In May 2008, it was rumored that Milner would be part of a transfer between Newcastle and Liverpool after missing the final nine matches of the season due to a foot injury.
- Despite starting the season for Newcastle and scoring against Coventry City in the League Cup, it was revealed after the match that Milner had submitted a transfer request the week before.
- Aston Villa signed Milner on 29 August 2008 for £12 million and he signed a four-year contract. As a second-half substitute against Liverpool, Milner made his Villa debut on 31 August 2008.
- The first goals of his second spell at Villa came in a third-round FA Cup tie against Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium on 4 January 2009 on his 23rd birthday, where he scored both goals in a 2 – 1 win for Villa.
- In his second spell at Villa, Milner scored his first Premier League goal in a 2 – 1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 17 January 2009. Milner was named to England’s senior team for the first time in February 2009, after impressing England manager Fabio Capello during his time at club level.
- On 7 February, Milner scored his second league goal of the season against Blackburn Rovers. A 25-yard free-kick on 12 April helped Villa come back from a 3 – 1 deficit to draw 3 – 3 against Everton at home. Despite being only 23 years old, he has played for thirteen different managers and caretakers so far in his career.
- Milner moved into central midfield after the sale of Gareth Barry to Manchester City at the start of the 2009 – 10 season. In the 2010 League Cup Final, he scored the opening goal with a penalty.
- Manchester United defeated Villa 2 – 1. Milner finished the season with 12 goals and was named Aston Villa’s Fan’s Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year.
- Manchester City offered £20 million for Milner on 19 May 2010. This offer was rejected. Martin O’Neill stated on 22 July 2010 that Milner had shown a desire to leave Villa for City, but would only be sold at Villa’s valuation.
- Even though he was on the verge of a move to Manchester City, Milner played in Villa’s first match of the season against West Ham United, scoring Villa’s third goal. Milner received a standing ovation when he was substituted near the end of the match.
- It was reported on 17 August 2010 that Aston Villa and Manchester City had agreed to sell Milner subject to a medical. The deal was reported to be worth around £26 million, which included the transfer of Stephen Ireland.
- He made his debut for City on 23 August 2010 in a 3 – 0 home win against Liverpool, where he set up former Villa teammate Gareth Barry’s first goal. In Manchester City’s FA Cup third-round tie with Leicester City which ended in a 2 – 2 draw, Milner scored his first competitive goal for the club.
- On 24 September 2011, Milner scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City against Everton. He scored his second against former club Aston Villa in a 4 – 1 victory two matches later.
- Manchester City won the Manchester derby 6 – 1 the following week, inflicting the heaviest home league loss on Manchester United since 1930. Milner assisted on both goals. During the 2011 – 12 season, Milner made 26 Premier League appearances as Manchester City won the league title for the first time in 44 years.
- As City beat Chelsea at Villa Park in August 2012, Milner won his first Community Shield. Milner scored his first goal of the season on 6 October 2012 from a free-kick to seal a 3 – 0 win against Sunderland. In a 2 – 1 win over West Bromwich Albion on 20 October, he received his first Premier League red card.
- In January 2013, he scored City’s opening goal in a 2 – 0 away win at Arsenal, the first time a City player had scored away from Arsenal in the league since 2007 and City’s first win over Arsenal since 1975.
- In the Manchester derby on 8 April, he scored as Manchester City defeated Manchester United 2 – 1 at Old Trafford.
- He became the first English player to score for Manchester City in the competition that season when he scored the winning goal in a 3 – 2 victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the UEFA Champions League on 10 December 2013.
- The following season, Milner won his first League Cup winners medal and his second Premier League title. In May 2015, Milner played his final game for City, winning 2 – 0 over Southampton.
- Milner joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Manchester City on 4 June 2015. Milner was announced as the vice-captain on 7 August 2015. In the club’s 1 – 0 win over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, Milner played his first competitive match.
- During his third appearance for Liverpool, a 0 – 0 draw at Arsenal, Milner captained the club for the first time. He scored his first goal for Liverpool in a 3 – 2 win over Aston Villa at Anfield on 26 September 2015.
- At the end of his first season with the club, he played in the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final. During his first season with Liverpool, Milner scored seven goals across all competitions.
- In Liverpool’s 1 – 1 draw with Manchester City on 19 March 2017, Milner scored. By doing so, he broke the Premier League record for the most matches scored without losing (47 matches).
- By assisting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal against Man City in the quarter-final first leg on 4 April 2018, he equaled the Champions League assist record (8 assists).
- With his assist on Roberto Firmino’s second goal in the 5 – 2 semi-final, first-leg win over Roma on 24 April 2018, Milner became the first player in Champions League history to provide 9 assists in a single season.
- Milner scored his 50th Premier League goal during a 1-1 draw with Arsenal in November 2018. When he won 4 – 0 at Bournemouth the following month, Milner became just the 13th player (and the second youngest after former Aston Villa, Man City, and England teammate Gareth Barry) in Premier League history to reach 500 appearances.
- Milner won his first Champions League title on 1 June 2019. He came on as a substitute in Liverpool’s 2 – 0 win over Tottenham in the final.
- On 14 August 2019, Milner won his first UEFA Super Cup, starting the match against Chelsea in Istanbul as the Champions League holders beat the Europa League winners on penalties.
- Milner reportedly signed a new contract in December keeping him at Liverpool until 2022, although the club did not specify the length of the contract. In June, Milner played as a substitute as Liverpool won the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in the club’s history, beating Flamengo 1 – 0 in the final.
- Milner won his third Premier League title and his first with Liverpool on 25 June 2020.
- The 2020 – 21 season saw Milner make just 11 starts and 26 appearances across all competitions. As a result, he had his first goalless season. On the final day of the season, Liverpool qualified for the Champions League by finishing third, despite multiple difficulties.
- Milner represented England at the under-15 and under-17 levels before being promoted to the under-20 level and called up for the 2003 World Youth Championship, but was recalled by Leeds United four days before the tournament began. Milner made his England Under-21 debut against Sweden on 30 March 2004 after being called up by under-21 manager Peter Taylor.
- During the 2004 – 05 season, Milner scored for the England under-21 team against Wales in a UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification match. Darren Bent scored a goal as the Young Lions won 2 – 0 as he played in the center of midfield.
- He scored the winning goal for the England under-21 team against Switzerland in a 3 – 2 win despite domestic club troubles. With the win, England qualified for the playoff stage of the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.
- Milner represented England at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in June. He played in all four of England’s matches and was booked in the semi-final against the Netherlands, so he missed the final. England lost 13 – 12 in a penalty shoot-out in which Milner scored twice.
- During the under-21 friendly against Romania, Milner was included in the squad, which ended in a 1 – 1 draw. The following month, Milner made his 30th appearance for England under-21s in a 3 – 0 win against Montenegro.
- It has been historically rare for players with several England Under-21 appearances to make the transition and become regulars for the senior team, which has led some to doubt Milner’s ability to do so. He scored his third goal for the under-21 team against the Republic of Ireland in October. Four months later, he scored again in England’s 3 – 0 victory in their return match.
- Milner was a regular and, along with Joe Hart and captain Steven Taylor, was the only player to have played in all the qualifiers for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
- He was part of the final 23-man squad for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Sweden. Micah Richards scored the winning goal against Finland with his help.
- In England’s second match against Spain, Milner had a penalty saved by Asenjo and scored England’s second goal in a 2 – 0 victory. They faced Sweden in the semi-finals. There was a penalty shoot-out after the match ended in a 3 – 3 draw. Milner was the only England player to miss the shoot-out after slipping just before kicking the ball, causing it to go over the crossbar. For the first time in 25 years, England advanced to the final after winning the shoot-out 5 – 4.
- As a substitute in a friendly match against the Netherlands in August 2009, Milner made his senior England debut. The match ended 2 – 2.
- The following month, he made his competitive debut for England against Slovenia in another friendly. Four days later, he made his competitive debut against Croatia in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. In the latter match, England won 5 – 1 to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- After being named in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa, he was selected in the starting eleven for England’s first match against the United States but was substituted after 30 minutes.
- Against Slovenia in England’s third match, he set up the only goal of the match with a cross for Jermain Defoe. On 17 November 2010, he captained England for the first time during a 2 – 1 loss to France, after both Rio Ferdinand and Steven Gerrard had been substituted.
- During the qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012, Milner played in six matches and was named to Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad.
- Milner started Hodgson’s first match in charge, a 1 – 0 friendly win against Norway. He started all of England’s group stage games as the Three Lions finished top of Group D and qualified for the quarter-finals. England was eliminated by Italy in a penalty shootout after he was taken off after an hour.
- During the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Milner scored his first and only international goal against Moldova on 7 September 2012.
- Hodgson included Milner in his squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. After England had already been eliminated, Milner appeared as a substitute in the final group game against Costa Rica, with the game ending in a 0-0 draw.
- Milner was part of the England squad for EURO 2016 but was once again unable to secure regular playing time. In the group stage, Milner came on as a substitute against Russia, and he did not play in England’s loss to Iceland in the Round of 16.
- Following discussions with new England manager Sam Allardyce, Milner announced his retirement from international duty on 5 August 2016.
Facts About James Milner
- While in school, he was a multi-dimensional and multi-skilled athlete.
- James was a member of the cricket team for the Yorkshire Schools, the cross-country champion at his school for 3 years in a row, and the district champion in a 100-meter sprint for 2 years in a row.
- Since childhood, he has supported his hometown soccer club Leeds United and was a season ticket holder at the club.
- He joined the Leeds Youth Academy at the age of 10 in 1996. He had been promoted to the club’s first team in 2002 when he was just 16 years old.
- He became the youngest player in the Premier League when he scored his first goal.
- He represented England 46 times at the Under-21 level between 2004 and 2009. Those were the then-record number of appearances for the country at the Under-21 age group.
There is always something surprising about the Englishman. He and his wife, Amy, have two children, a 4-year-old daughter, and a 3-year-old son. He insists on speaking Spanish to his family when he is at home.
Wortley, Leeds, United Kingdom
After discussions with the new England manager, Sam Allardyce, Milner announced his retirement from England national team on 5 August 2016.