James Milner has been a creative titan since his return from injury and must supersede Jordan Henderson in the hierarchy of England midfielders.
Henderson has been one Roy Hodgson’s first picks in the Three Lions engine room for some time now, but his Liverpool teammate is streets ahead in terms of both form and fitness coming into the tournament.
Milner has provided more assists than any other Premier League player since the turn of the year, despite sitting out three games for various reasons.
Playing the majority of his games since his early January return from a hamstring injury as part of a midfield three, he has become more influential by the outing.
Most impressive has been his ability to arrive from deep to make a decisive, then deliver it precisely, just as he did for Dejan Lovren to seal the Reds’ stirring comeback against Borussia Dotmund at Anfield.
He has now created four goals in his last two top-flight engagements and seems to be hinting that the genuinely exciting creative force he embodied as part of an upwardly-mobile Aston Villa team in the late noughties is reemerging.
Contrast his resurgent campaign with that of comrade Henderson.
The all-action Wearsider is currently enduring his second prolonged injury absence of the season with a torn knee ligament, after missing 11 league games with heel and metatarsal complaints between August and November.
He is expected to return to action in either late May or early June, certainly insufficient time to regain full match-fitness in time for Euro 2016.
Given the form that Milner has been in this year for his club, Henderson will no right to a place in the England midfield alongside Eric Dier ahead of Milner.