England midfielder James Milner has been labelled as a ‘manager’s dream’ by Aston Villa legend David Platt.
Villa man Milner, who was forced to miss two training sessions due to temperature earlier this week, remains hopeful of being fit for England’s World Cup opener against the USA on Saturday.
And his inclusion in Fabio Capello’s plans will be crucial, according to former Holte End hero Platt, who believes the ex-Newcastle man can make a huge impact in South Africa.
Platt was merely a squad member when he travelled with Bobby Robson’s men to the World Cup in Italy 20 years ago.
But an injury to skipper Bryan Robson, coupled with back-up midfielder Steve McMahon’s underwhelming outings, presented a chance for Platt.
He responded with a dramatic late extra-time winner against Belgium, before helping himself to two more goals against Cameroon, in the quarter-final, and in the third-place defeat to Italy.
Platt feels Milner can put his own name in lights over in South Africa, saying: “James is a manager’s dream.
“I’ve seen him at Villa and he has run the show from midfield. He is low maintenance and an assured performer. He is perfect for a tournament player.
“Every player needs a platform and the World Cup could be James’ platform. He never has a bad game but it has taken a long time for people to start talking about him. It’s only now with age that people can appreciate what he brings.
“James will not be a moment’s bother to Fabio Capello. He has played in European Championships and he knows what is required.”