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James Milner above Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba in UEFA rankings tool

James Milner

James Milner is not even a guaranteed starter for England but he is currently the fifth best player among Euro 2016 teams, according to a UEFA rankings tool.

The Liverpool midfielder is above big names such as Toni Kroos (9th), Gareth Bale (12th) and Paul Pogba (16th), with Tottenham's Dele Alli the next highest-ranked Englishman at 14th.

UEFA's 'barometer', which is based on a statistical analysis of form for club and country since the start of January, is topped by Cristiano Ronaldo after a run of nine goals in his last eight appearances of the season.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Antoine Griezmann and West Ham's Dimitri Payet make up the rest of the top four, with Milner fifth having provided seven assists in four games in April and created 30 scoring chances in his last nine games.

Danny Drinkwater, who was left out of Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad on Tuesday, is the eighth highest Englishman at 51st, with Leicester team-mate Jamie Vardy at 28th.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Danny Drinkwater of England holds off pressure from Brad Smith of Australia during the International Friendly match between
Image: Danny Drinkwater is the eighth highest-rated England player in UEFA's barometer

Fellow title-winner N'Golo Kante is the third highest-rated Premier League star at 18th, with Laurent Koscielny (21st), Harry Kane (23rd) and Cesc Fabregas (27th) the next British-based players on the list.

England new boy Marcus Rashford is ranked 94th after his goalscoring international debut against Australia, and Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney sneaks into the top 100 in 98th place.

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UEFA's Euro 2016 barometer - top 10

Rank Player Country
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal
2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden
3 Antoine Griezmann France
4 Dimitri Payet France
5 James Milner England
6 Saul Niguez Spain
7 Koke Spain
8 Sergio Ramos Spain
9 Toni Kroos Germany
10 Juanfran Spain

How it works

UEFA's Player Barometer runs official statistics through a specially-designed algorithm to create rankings based on player performances. The more recent the match, the higher the weighting assigned to the data.

Other notable inclusions

Rank Player Country
12 Gareth Bale Wales
14 Dele Alli England
18 N'Golo Kante France
23 Harry Kane England
27 Cesc Fabregas Spain
28 Jamie Vardy England
29 Mesut Ozil Germany
30 Olivier Giroud France
34 Eric Dier England
38 Robert Lewandowski Poland
42 Ryan Bertrand England
47 Adam Lallana England
51 Danny Drinkwater England
53 Shane Long Republic of Ireland
54 Robbie Brady Republic of Ireland
55 Kevin de Bruyne Belgium
57 Kyle Walker England
60 Chris Smalling England
66 Anthony Martial France
67 Nathaniel Clyne England
70 Joe Hart England
71 Danny Rose England
75 Toby Alderweireld Belgium
78 Lukasz Fabianski Poland
80 Jose Fonte Portugal
81 Simon Mignolet Belgium
91 Eden Hazard Belgium
94 Marcus Rashford England
96 Granit Xhaka Switzerland
98 Wayne Rooney England

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