Milner looks for positives
James Milner does not believe there is a huge gulf in ability between Brazil and England.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 16/11/09 12:48pm
James Milner does not believe there is a huge gulf in class between Brazil and England and felt the friendly in Qatar was worthwhile.
The Aston Villa winger was arguably the only England player to come out of the game with any credit after a dull 1-0 defeat to the five-time World Cup winners on Saturday evening.
England manager Fabio Capello was without nine of his established first-team players for the trip with only Gareth Barry and Wayne Rooney available.
Despite Brazil dominating possession and restricting their opponents to just one shot on target, Milner insists the gap between the two teams is minimal.
"Is there a significant gap between Brazil and England? I don't think so," he said.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. But it's a learning curve. We can play better than that and keep the ball better but you've got to make sure we can learn from that game and take what we can from it.
"I think we had chances as well. It is about learning from these games and maybe being a bit more patient."
Following the match many questioned the strength in depth at Capello's disposal but Milner is confident the country has enough quality in reserve to come in and do a job at the World Cup.
"We played Brazil and lost 1-0 so it is a chance for other players to come in and prove what they could do," he added.
"We were disappointed with the result but we were missing a few players. The main thing is we learn and improve from it."
The 23-year-old impressed down the left-flank, in what was his first start for the senior team, restricting the attack-minded Maicon to just a few forays forward from right-back.
"Personally it was tough, getting up and down the line and the right-back bombing on a lot," he pointed out.
"You were playing against good players and obviously the heat came into it as well. But I keep saying you gain experience from playing those sort of games against the top teams and in those sort of conditions.
"Was it a worthwhile exercise? I think so. It is important you gain these experiences and play different sorts of teams going into the World Cup.
"I think it was a valuable experience and as long as we have learned, it was a good thing."