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James Milner hopes Manchester City’s Premier League triumph will benefit England for Euro 2012

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester City and England midfielder James Milner is hoping his season of success will benefit the international squad.

After joining up with England teammates in Manchester yesterday Milner admitted the confidence gained from winning the Premier League would have a positive impact.

Roy Hogson’s side will play Norway in a Euro 2012 warm up game this Saturday.

Milner said: “Our players are going to the tournament high on confidence.

“Winning is a habit and you want to get into those habits of winning trophies and get into that winning mentality.

“Players have had a taste and had a good season, others are at clubs that haven’t won the Premier League or Champions League but have had good seasons individually or positive seasons with their clubs.

“It’s only a good thing for us as a team going out there to Poland.”

Milner added: “We’ve had a good couple of sessions, a bit tough.

“[Hodgson] wanted to get across how he wants us to play.

“The lads are getting pretty clear on how we are going to set up and how he wants us to play.”

After winning the Champions League in a dramatic penalty shootout Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Gary Cahill and standby Daniel Sturridge have been given extra rest.

And Milner said their extra break is vital to the team’s success.

“The lads are happy. The Chelsea boys are getting much-needed rest,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be raring to go for the tournament.”

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