Milner welcomes Krakow training base to escape boredom

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James Milner has stressed the importance of England players avoiding the boredom off the pitch during Euro 2012 which appeared to affect some squad members during the 2010 World Cup.

Midfielder Milner has welcomed England’s location in Krakow, which is different to the self-built Rustenburg training camp that housed the squad under Fabio Capello in South Africa two years ago.

The Manchester City player said: “I think we are staying more central this time as opposed to South Africa, which might be good for the lads.

“As players, we know what is expected of ourselves. When we step on the training ground and in matches, we are ready and raring to work and want to do well for England.

“But it might be good to relax and maybe go out and have a cup of coffee or play a round of golf.

“We know how to look after ourselves but you need that down time as well. You are away for a long time.”

Milner added: “Is boredom the biggest obstacle to overcome? It’s part of tournament football. Tournament football is different on the field but it’s completely different off the pitch as well.”

Meanwhile, goal-line technology is to be tested at England’s friendly against Belgium at Wembley on June 2.

The Hawkeye system will be installed at the national stadium for the match, which will be Roy Hodgson’s first home game in charge of England.

England’s first match under Hodgson is tomorrow in Norway.