Milner talks up Three Lions spirit

07 October 2014 12:10:57 EST

England midfielder James Milner believes the mood in the camp is good ahead of their encounter with San Marino at Wembley on Thursday.

The Three Lions set-up came in for plenty of criticism after they were knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.

There were suggestion of unrest in the camp under manager Roy Hodgson but Manchester City midfielder Milner feels, that ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino, the mood around the squad is better than before their first game of the campaign when they face Switzerland.

He told reporters: "The talk around England when we went to Switzerland was not great, but that's when we showed our team spirit, got a great result and played very well.

"Teams with less spirit and less togetherness might not have got that result, but we did. Coming out of bad times in a tournament is when you need your team spirit.

"There are a lot of players in the squad who have played together at club and at youth level and it is a very tight-knit group. After dinner, a lot of us stay, sit around and talk and enjoy each other’s company. That’s what you want."

England can be backed at 1/1 to be held to a draw by San Marino at Wembley on Thursday evening and are 1/1 to win by a 6-0 margin.

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