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Milner: Adversity brought the England squad together

James Milner claims England have become more united in the face of adversity ahead of Sunday's World Cup meeting with Germany. The Aston Villa midfielder set up the winning goal for Jermain Defoe after being recalled to the side for the make-or-break clash with Slovenia in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

The 24 year old said "I think the last few days have brought everyone closer together.

"When things aren't going well, that's when you have to pull together and when it's make-or-break time.

"You pull together as a group and we have done that.

"The longer you are together, and the further you get into the tournament, you are going to come together more.

"We knew it was a massive night against Slovenia, a big game and we knew what we needed to do.

"To go out there and do the business, and be part of the performance, was great."

Milner also cites a more relaxed feeling amongst the players as a crucial factor in England's upturn in fortunes after the draws with the United States and Algeria.

He said: "There was a more relaxed build-up to the last game. We had a good few days' training and felt very sharp.

"We have had a couple of good days together, a few activities, and we were all feeling pretty happy and going into the game relaxed.

"For example, we had a quiz the other night, which was good fun. Everyone was involved and we had a good laugh.

"Liverpool won. We were in teams, so Jamie Carragher's knowledge of footie, and Stevie G (Gerrard), was pretty special.

"As players, you play in high-pressure situations week in, week out for your club.

"There are players who play in massive games - Champions League games, Premier League games each week.

"Obviously the World Cup is massive as well but I don't think it's fear. I think it is a bit of anxiety, wanting to do as well as you can."

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