Monday 22 January 2018

James Milner steps up his hunt to find the creators of 'Boring' Twitter account

James Milner speaks to the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
James Milner speaks to the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Matt Law

James Milner has revealed how he thought the Manchester City masseurs were behind the Boring James Milner Twitter account.

The parody account of the England midfielder has 243,000 followers and has posted over 1,000 tweets. The official James Milner Foundation Twitter account has 15,600 followers.

Milner admits he looks at the Boring James Milner account from time to time and thought he was getting close to finding the culprit.

“It’s not doing badly, whoever it is,” said Milner. “My foundation has 15,000 for the charity. “It’s good fun. I’ve read a few of them and some of them are very funny. My mates don’t mention it, no. I’d like the James Milner Foundation to have as many followers as that.”

Asked if he suspects who runs the parody account, Milner said: “We went through this at the club, wondering who it was. There were a few tweets about Asda, so I was asking the masseurs where they shopped. I don’t shop in Asda. I don’t think it’s at the club, no. Who knows? It’s good fun.

“I’ve never got close enough to actually accuse anyone of running it. I thought I had, but I realised they didn’t have enough banter.”

Here are some of the best tweets from the parody twitter account:

View the story "Best tweets from the 'Boring' James Milner account" on Storify

Milner was anything but boring during his Miami press conference ahead of England’s friendly against Ecuador on Wednesday. His reputation as being strait-laced is based partly on the fact he has never consumed alcohol and works hard to look after himself.

The 28-year-old did not even have a drink when Manchester City won Premier League title, but may be tempted to enjoy a tipple if England upset the odds and win the World Cup.

“It’s not like I’m against alcohol,” said Milner. “It’s just a decision I made and, if you’ve never had it, you don’t miss it. I’ve been drenched in Champagne a few times over my career. I might have a drink if England win the World Cup. That’s one moment where I might.”

Milner is competing for a starting place in the World Cup with exciting youngsters Raheem Sterling and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and is seen as the cautious option for manager Roy Hodgson. But Milner does not feel it is fair to see his selection as a negative move.

“Anyone can have their own opinion,” he said. “The manager and the team-mates’ opinion is the only one that matters to me. Look at the number of goals I’ve created in the Premier League in my career. I’m sure I’d be quite high up in that.

“If you can do that, create goals, but also do a job for the team defensively as well ... If I was lazy but had more energy to go forward, what would the perception be then?

“You can look at every game, some where I’ve been a defensive player and others where I’ve had an impact. I contribute in many different ways to the team. I’ve played a hell of a lot of games in my career, and you can stake any argument on the stats.

“I only do the job the manager wants me to do to the best of my ability, and fulfil the role that’s been asked of me. The versatility tag can be a blessing or a bad thing. Sometimes it works for you, sometimes not.

“Going into the last World Cup I was playing central midfield every game. Then I got there and played wide. Now I’m playing wide for City, and that’s where I’m playing for England.”

Milner’s biggest strength is his stamina, which could be crucial in the hot and humid conditions of Brazil.

Asked how far he can run in games, Milner said: “12.5 to 13km on average. I don’t know my best, no. I’ve probably touched 14km. I was 17km in an under-21s game which went to extra time.

“We all get tired. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, but I can keep going. Obviously, looking after yourself is a big part of that. It helps going into games with extra time too.

“I did a lot of cross-country when I was younger, and my old man was a good runner as well. It comes through that. I find it a bit easier than maybe other people do.”

Milner is understood to have told City he would like to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, with Arsenal interested in signing him. “I’m concentrating on England and the World Cup,” he said. “I’m coming off a season winning a title at City. It’s an amazing club. The unfortunate thing is we’ve only had a week to enjoy it and now we’re into a World Cup.”

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