Milner blocks out Wembley woes

Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Switzerland in a Euro 2012 qualifier means

England have now gone four matches without a win in front of their

own supporters – their worst run since a five-game sequence in

1981. Fabio Capello’s side lost at home to France and shared the

spoils with Montenegro, Ghana and now the Swiss, who surrendered a

two-goal lead in the Group G encounter. The result leaves their

automatic qualification hopes hanging in the balance as they still

have to visit main challengers Montenegro – who are level on points

with the group leaders – in October. But Manchester City midfielder

Milner insists recent results at Wembley are not on the players’

minds. He said: “I don’t think we are really thinking about that

too much. We go into every game to win it. “We know that on our day

we can beat anybody. I think the squad is changing a bit and

improving as well. “But at Wembley we need to make sure we get the

wins. Against Switzerland, we should have got the win. “At the

moment it is not quite happening so we have just got to make sure

we don’t let it become an issue and hopefully get a win against

Holland [in a friendly encounter in August]. “If we were not

getting the chances, it would be a bit more worrying than not

winning games. “But the result is the most important thing at the

end of the day, especially in qualifiers.” Milner is relieved that

England’s chances of reaching the tournament in Poland and Ukraine

are still in their own hands with three games remaining against

Bulgaria, Wales and Montenegro. He said: “That is the good thing.

We will go and have a rest now then come back and try to improve

again. “It is in our hands if we win those three games. Like I say,

we are more than capable of beating anybody on our day. “We have

got to make sure we learn from our mistakes against Switzerland –

and prove it.” Milner believes the two-week gap between the end of

the domestic campaign and the Swiss clash was not beneficial. He

said: “They are a very good team and we knew they would be tough to

play against. “I think we probably started slowly and having that

week in between the end of the season and now probably didn’t help.

“But there are no excuses. We were slow out of the blocks and gave

away a couple of soft goals. “But all credit to the lads, we

bounced back quickly and in the second half we had more than enough

chances to win the game.” Milner was impressed with the

contribution of former Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young, who came

off the bench to score the equaliser. He said: “Youngy is a top

player. He has come out and changed the game and given us that

extra. “He played his heart out to give us something extra. That

goes for Stewart [Downing] as well. “I think that is a good thing.

We have a big squad of players and that means when we make a

substitution, it is important they can make an impact.” Tranquillo

Barnetta’s two goals in three minutes put Switzerland in command

before a Frank Lampard penalty and Young’s first competitive goal

for England salvaged a point.