Friedel hails Milner
Brad Friedel has hailed team-mate James Milner as one of the most professional players he has played with.
Last Updated: 20/12/09 11:54am
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has hailed team-mate James Milner as one of the most professional players he has played with.
Although the winger is just 23-year-old he is already starting to establish himself in the England side and has six caps to his name.
Milner, formerly of Newcastle and Leeds, has been one of the club's most consistent performers this season with a string of fine displays and handy four league goals.
Friedel, 15 years Milner's senior, has won 82 caps for USA and has seen just about everything going in the game and feels his colleague will have a long and fruitful career.
Top three professionals
"James is one of the top three professionals that I've ever played with and that's saying something when he's at such a young age," said Friedel.
"It's not a surprise that his name keeps getting mentioned with England.
"I fully expect to see him with the England team this summer and not just in a bit-part role.
"If he stays clear of injury he's going to have a very good and long career."