Hodgson will have to make do without suspended Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.
"We know what James will do," said Hodgson. "James isn’t and doesn’t pretend to be as exciting as some of the wingers we sometimes use these days.
"After a long period of time where I’ve not seen many wingers in the country, I am seeing lots of young ones, aged 22 and under, in Kiev we will need the experience, the strength and the quality. Milner is not a winger, but the qualities he brings could be very useful for us. I’m not saying he’s going to play in the Ukraine, but I wanted him to get some minutes tonight."
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