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Milner would relish Scholes link-up

New Manchester City midfielder James Milner would love to play alongside Paul Scholes for England.

So far national team manager Fabio Capello has failed to tempt the Old Trafford veteran out of retirement but Milner, who gave his first formal press conference on Wednesday, hopes Scholes might have a change of heart.

Milner said: "Paul Scholes is a top player. As someone lucky enough to be an England player and an England fan you want the best players out there. He has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League since it started. It is down to England and the manager but to get the chance to play with him would be unbelievable."

Scholes has made an impressive start to the season and scored his 150th goal in all competitions for Manchester United in the draw against Fulham on Sunday.

Milner added: "He is still doing it now, which is a testament to his professionalism and how well he has looked after himself. If he came into the England set-up again it would be fantastic."

The 24-year-old got off to a winning start, helping City beat Liverpool 3-0 on his debut, following his protracted move from Aston Villa with Stephen Ireland going the other way.

He said: "To get the result we did was great. It was a good performance against a top team. Your first home game can go two ways.

"It can either be very good or very disappointing. Luckily enough it was the first. Hopefully we can build on that and kick on.

"Central midfield is my best position but it is down to the manager where he wants me to play. We have a lot of quality players in the squad.

"You are going to come up against different teams, different formations. We are lucky to have flexible players, who can play in a number of formations."

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