James Milner the fifth best player at Euro 2016 according to UEFA rankings

The Liverpool midfielder has been ranked above some of the very best talents in the world

James Milner has been ranked as the fifth best player at Euro 2016 according to a UEFA player barometer.

The 30-year-old ranks ahead of Paul Pogba, Manuel Neuer, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller and just behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Antoine Griezmann and Dmitri Payet. 

Milner had a busy year at Liverpool having appeared in 45 games and clocking up over 3,800 minutes of action. He scored seven goals and also chipped in with 14 assists as he became an important piece of Jurgen Klopp's midfield.

UEFA explained how the rankings work on their website, "The UEFA EURO 2016 Player Barometer tracks players' form in the build-up to and during the tournament. The Barometer runs official player statistics through a specially designed algorithm to create rankings based on player performances.

"Player data from qualifying formed the initial basis for the rankings, which have taken into account performances for club and country from 1 January 2016. This gives a unique and comprehensive evaluation of players' form when UEFA EURO 2016 kicks off, after which the Barometer will track which players are excelling in the tournament itself."

The top 10 list is as follows. Ronaldo (Portugal), Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Griezmann (France), Payet (France), Milner (England), Koke (Spain), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Juanfran (Spain), Marek Hamsik (Slovakia).