With the Samba nation set to host the world’s biggest carnival this summer, the Manchester City midfielder is dreading the prospect of a World Cup without EnglandManchester City midfielder James Milner admits he fears having to watch next year’s World Cup in Brazil from the sidelines and is determined to ensure England get there.
Roy Hodgson's men must win their remaining group games against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley in order to guarantee World Cup qualification, or they may face a two-legged play-off.
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“The Brazilian people eat, breathe and sleep football. We saw that for ourselves last summer. So it’s a World Cup that no-one wants to miss,” he told reporters.
“We’ve put ourselves in a great position. I think if we’d been offered the chance of winning our last two home games to qualify at the start of the campaign, we’d have taken it.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in a European Championship and a World Cup. It would be great to add another major tournament to that list.”
Milner is taking nothing for granted and knows his place within the team is not guaranteed, having struggled to hold down a regular place in the City side this season.
“It’s not possible to play in every game and there is fierce competition for places,” he added.
“But I’d obviously like to play more than I have done so far, and that’s true of any player anywhere.
“I just have to make an impact when I do play and make sure I take my chance, try to play my part and influence games when I have the opportunity.
“You always want to play well for your club and if you do it consistently, you are giving yourself the best chance of playing for your country.
“Obviously I hope I’ll be part of the squad that travels to Brazil.”