Gary Lineker Reveals He Privately Apologised To James Milner For Admitting He Was WRONG About Him

Gary Lineker reveals he has personally apologized to James Milner for admitting he was WRONG about the Liverpool midfielder after claiming he was ‘unconvinced’ in 2016

  • Liverpool midfielder James Milner is longest serving Premier League player
  • But Gary Lineker hasn’t always been a fan of the former England international
  • The pundit said he remained ‘unconvinced’ about Milner after his Anfield move
  • Lineker has admitted he misjudged the Reds veteran and has personally apologized


Gary Lineker has admitted he misjudged James Milner after claiming in 2016 he was ‘unconvinced’ about the Liverpool midfielder.

The 35-year-old is the longest-serving player in the Premier League after making his debut for Leeds United in 2002.

The veteran played for Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Manchester City during his 19 years at the highest level and most recently played 180 league games for Liverpool and won the Champions League and Premier League at Anfield.

The 35-year-old is the longest-serving Premier League player and has played at the highest level for 19 years

Gary Lineker (left) admits he misjudged Liverpool midfielder James Milner (right) in 2016

Milner started at the highest level with Leeds United, before spells with Newcastle and Man City

Milner started at the highest level with Leeds United, before spells with Newcastle and Man City

Milner’s versatility was a key asset to Jürgen Klopp, with the Reds boss sometimes relying on him as a backup full-back.

Despite his success, it appears pundit Lineker was not a fan of the former England international during his debut season at Anfield.

In March 2016, Lineker tweeted: “His managers seem to love James Milner. It is clear that he can play anywhere in midfield, but personally he remains unconvinced.”

The midfielder was an asset to Jurgen Klopp (left) and played on the pitch when needed

The midfielder was an asset to Jurgen Klopp (left) and played on the pitch when needed

Lineker tweeted in 2016 that he remained 'unconvinced' about the ex-England international

Lineker tweeted in 2016 that he remained ‘unconvinced’ about the ex-England international

He followed up on the Tweet a few months later, in the run-up to Euro 2016, by saying: ‘The answer always seems to be James Milner. Still trying to work out the question.”

But Milner’s appearances in a red shirt seem to have won the former striker.

Lineker admitted he was wrong in his judgment of the Liverpool man on the Match of the day: Top 10 podcast and revealed that he had apologized to him personally.

Milner's appearances in a Liverpool shirt have proven the striker turned expert wrong

Milner’s appearances in a Liverpool shirt have proven the striker turned expert wrong

“I apologized to him during the broadcast,” Lineker said.

“I tweeted something a few years ago. He always played in different positions and I did a tweet along the lines of ‘I don’t really know what James Milner is,’ Lineker said.

“I was wrong because actually he is an incredibly brilliant professional who will play for you anywhere. I apologized and he took it with great enthusiasm.’

Lineker had previously admitted via Twitter that he had recognized the error of his ways.

Lineker previously admitted he was wrong in a 2018 Tweet to which Milner brutally responded

Lineker previously admitted he was wrong in a 2018 Tweet to which Milner brutally responded

He wrote: ‘I once tweeted that I didn’t really know what James Milner was on the football field. I do these days, and I owe him an apology. He is a great, versatile and intelligent footballer. My mistake.’

The Liverpool vice-captain has been a talking point on the podcast when discussing the most unsung heroes in the Premier League era and with a total of 569 top-level appearances, Milner was an obvious mention.

Despite being sidelined with a hamstring injury, Milner has made eight appearances for Liverpool this season, providing two assists.

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