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James Milner happy with undercooked Manchester City mate Joleon Lescott being thrust into England action

By Pippa Field

James Milner has no worries about Manchester City teammate Joleon Lescott stepping up to the mark for England following his late call up for the World Cup qualifiers.

Lescott was originally left out of the squad for England’s double-header against San Marino and Montenegro with boss Roy Hodgson stating the defender had not played enough football.

But after withdrawals from Rio Ferdinand, Michael Dawson, Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, the 30-year-old is now set to win his 25th cap – much to the support of Milner.

“Whenever Joleon plays he is ready to go, I see it every day at City,” said Milner.

“We still have a strong squad – the players coming in are decent so I have no worries at all.”

Currently second in Group H, England face San Marino in Serravalle on Friday before travelling to table toppers Montenegro on Tuesday.

The last time the Three Lions played together was a 2-1 friendly defeat of Brazil last month – the first such occurrence for 23 years.

Meanwhile with participation at next year’s tournament in Brazil yet to be confirmed, midfielder workhorse Milner insisted the team had to target maximum points from the forthcoming fixtures.

“These are two big games for us and we’re moving forward all the time and that’s a positive. You’ll see improvements in the team,” he said.

“Both games will be great, the sort you want to play in and they’re tough games. It’s important we keep doing the right things.

“Hopefully we can score an early goal against San Marino and then get a few more. All we can do is beat them and take it into Tuesday.”

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