Manchester City's James Milner rejects Paul Scholes’ claim that club rivalries ruin England and reveals all players are united

The midfielder admits he cannot comment on what the national side was like when the former Manchester United star played for the Three Lions, but nowadays everyone mixes

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has revealed there are no rifts between England players who play for rival clubs.

Earlier in the week, Paul Scholes had said rivalries between Liverpool and Manchester United players were not confined to the football pitch and some just did not get along when they met for international duty.

However, Milner admitted that the current England squad is much more harmonious than how Scholes’ might have been, and the former Aston Villa midfielder pointed towards the England youth set-up as a reason for players getting along.

The 25-year-old told reporters: “There is always good banter amongst the lads, whether it's United-City lads or anyone really.

“I can't comment on his [Scholes'] time in the squad but I've not seen it while I've been here. Since I've been here, the players have been very together.

“We've got a good bunch of lads, good banter around the dining table, everyone eats and leaves the table together, games of table tennis, etc. Everyone mixes.

“It is a tight group and players playing together at different clubs and also through the various England youth teams helps that team spirit.

“There are no strangers. Everyone knows each other and that definitely helps.

“We are always fighting for the same thing every time we step out onto that field and that is the most important thing.”

England travel to Montenegro on Friday for the final match of their European Championships qualification campaign, and need to avoid losing to finish top of Group G.

The home fixture against the eastern European nation finished 0-0 but Milner believes the players can exploit weaknesses in the Montenegro side that were not evident in the Wembley fixture.

“We've had some good performances and some poorer ones in the group but what it boils down to is that it is in our own hands going into the last game,” Milner said.

“That's all you can ask for really. They'll have to come out because they need to win the game which I think will help us as well.

“We saw them at Wembley, they are well organised, but we are confident we can get a good result.

“When teams come to Wembley they set up with a game plan to defend and there is a lot of respect there and it is sometimes quite difficult to break teams down.

“Maybe at home teams feel they can come out against us more and it can open up the space to play and enable us to use our quality a bit more.”

Milner also highlighted fellow City players Joe Hart and Gareth Barry for their contribution to the England squad, which features five players from Roberto Mancini's club.

Milner continued: “Joe is a class keeper. You've seen it with Man City. I've seen it with the England Under-21s and now for the senior side.

“He distributes the ball very well, sets you on attack, and his shot-stopping is fantastic.

“He has played a lot of games over the last year or so and, the more games he plays, the better he will get.

“With Gareth, I played with him at Aston Villa and Man City and he is a top, top player and week in and week out you can rely on him.

“He wins the ball, is fantastic on the ball, has great composure.

“A lot of people don't realise the job he does in sides both for England and City until maybe he misses a game, if he ever misses one through injury which is rare.

“He has got a great engine and plays a lot of games as well and I don't think you realise what he gives to the team until he is not there.”