Man City midfielder Milner warns England not to go long ball with Carroll

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has warned England not to become long ball obsessed should Liverpool's Andy Carroll take the field against Wales.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has warned England not to become long ball obsessed should Liverpool's Andy Carroll take the field against Wales.

Fabio Capello hopes the 6ft 3in Geordie will forge a prolific striking partnership with Wayne Rooney but England have been guilty in the past, when Peter Crouch has played, of launching too many raking balls towards their big centre forward.

Milner said: "It is important we carry on with the game as normal. Get it down on the pitch, play football and use the players we’ve got in our team.

"We have to go forward, fight for second balls and get crosses in the box if that is the right option.

"We have worked as a team on team shape, and Andy is a great option and a great weapon to have. It is another string to our bow. That is an option if we need it.

"‘Andy made his debut in November (in the 2-1 defeat by France) and had a good game. He has been injured since but he’s looking good. He is fit and doing some finishing. He looks sharp."

 
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