Milner 'fifth best player at Euro 2016'

From left to right: Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, James Milner and Danny Drinkwater

England’s James Milner is currently the fifth best player among Euro 2016 teams, says a Uefa rankings tool.

Fellow midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who was left out of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad on Tuesday, is the eighth highest-rated Englishman.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo tops the Uefa ‘barometer’, with Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic second.

The list is based on form for club and country from 1 January, 2016, including Euro 2016 qualifying.

“The barometer runs official player statistics through a specially designed algorithm to create rankings based on player performances,” said Uefa.

Players are classed as goalkeepers, full-backs, central defenders, defensive midfielders, central midfielders, attacking midfielders, wingers and forwards.

Striker Marcus Rashford, 18, is 93rd on the list, four places above Manchester United team-mate and England captain Wayne Rooney.

Uefa added: “The data considered for each player is specific to the position type.

“For example, tackles and interceptions are considered to be key statistics for defensive midfielders, while successful dribbles and crosses are core stats for wingers.”

Euro 2016 in France starts on 10 June.

Uefa barometer
Player Country Position
1. Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Forward
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden Forward
3. Antoine Griezmann France Forward
4. Dimitri Payet France Attacking midfielder
5. James Milner England Central midfielder
6. Saul Niguez Spain Central midfielder
7. Koke Spain Central midfielder
8. Sergio Ramos Spain Central defender
9. Toni Kroos Germany Central midfielder
10. Juanfran Spain Full-back
Selected others
12. Gareth Bale Wales Forward
15. Dele Alli England Attacking midfielder
23. Harry Kane England Forward
28. Jamie Vardy England Forward
34. Eric Dier England Defensive midfielder
42. Ryan Bertrand England Full-back
47. Adam Lallana England Attacking midfielder
51. Danny Drinkwater England Defensive midfielder
53. Robbie Brady Republic of Ireland Winger
70. Shane Long Republic of Ireland Forward
93. Marcus Rashford England Forward
98. Steven Davis Northern Ireland Central midfielder

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