15 caps and the captain's armband for the midfielder in 2010.
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15Caps in 2010
After earning a record 46 caps at Under-21 level, 2010 was the year that James Milner really made his mark on the England senior team – ending the year wearing the captain’s armband.
His final Under-21 appearance came against Germany in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship and he soon made the step up, becoming the only player to appear in the first six England matches in the 2009-10 season.
Now with 15 caps in total, the hard-working midfielder earned nine of those last year, starting against Egypt in March and it took him just two minutes to make an impact. He replaced Steven Gerrard after 73 minutes and in the 75th minute it was Milner’s saved s shot that allowed Shaun Wright-Phillips to tuck away the rebound.
The 25-year-old played in three of England’s four World Cup matches, and his most meaningful contribution of 2010 in an England shirt came against Slovenia as it was his delicious right-wing cross which Jermain Defoe converted to secure all three points and qualification from Group C.
Five more caps came his way before the turn of the year, and for the final five minutes against France Milner lived out every schoolboy’s dream by captaining his country, being handed the armband when Steven Gerrard was substituted.