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had a bad time.” Mil­ner reck­ons that ap­proach helped Eng­land hit the ground run­ning when they started the Euro 2016 qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign in Switzer­land last month.

He said: “The talk around the team in Switzer­land wasn’t good and that’s when you need your team spirit.

“Peo­ple were say­ing what a dif­fi­cult game it was, and that’s when you need your team spirit to come through to go there and get a re­sult. We did that and we played very well.

“Teams with less spirit and less to­geth­er­ness might not have done that.”

The win in Switzer­land handed Eng­land a mas­sive boost in their bid to top the qual­i­fy­ing group.


But Mil­ner has warned against com­pla­cency when they face min­nows San Marino at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium to­mor­row. He added: “We can’t let our stan­dards drop. Ev­ery­one knows this is a game we should win and that’s not be­ing dis­re­spect­ful.

“But when teams come and sit it’s not easy to break them down. The big­gest thing is not let­ting stan­dards drop even against a lesser op­po­si­tion. We want to keep im­prov­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s a game we should win and every­body knows that, but we have to go out there and do it. As a team and an in­di­vid­ual we all just want to go out there and put on a good per­for­mance, keep work­ing on what we have been work­ing on and keep im­prov­ing, that’s the big­gest thing. Hope­fully the re­sult will come from that.

“To just go in there and start think­ing about the goals – we have to be con­cen­trat­ing on how we want to play and if we can do that, hope­fully the goals will come.”

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