First it was Robbie Savage who criticised Roy Hodgson for choosing to overlook Fabian Delph for a spot in the England squad and now Jamie Carragher believes the same.
The 24-year-old central midfielder has had a tremendous season thus far, having recently netted his first goal for Villa in a 3-2 win against Southampton, proving to Villa fans that he can find the back of the net.
Delph has caught the eye of many professional footballers, who believe that the midfielder should be in Hodgson’s plans for the 2014 World Cup, as he has the drive and pace that England severely lack in the middle of the park.
Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott took to Twitter around a month ago to comment on Delph’s season so far and the England players felt that Delph wasn’t too far off a call up to his national side.
Recently, Sky football pundit Jamie Carragher had his say on Delph and believes that the Aston Villa midfielder is the perfect man to lead England to glory in Brazil, despite having not had a single cap for England in his career.
“One of Villa’s outstanding players over the last 18 months has been Fabian Delph and there’s no reason he can’t force his way into England’s plans, something his manager has made a note of recently.”
Delph is playing every week for a big club, whereas some players in Roy Hodgson’s squad aren’t, so I would be surprised if Roy and his staff are not looking closely at him as the World Cup approaches.
He gives a side real energy and aggression and, because he is left-footed, offers you nice balance in the middle of the park, while he has strike on him, too.
“He ticks a lot of boxes and if he concentrates on his game and not the form of the players he is competing with for a place in England’s squad, he might sneak in – but it might take something special for an uncapped player at this stage to board the plane.”
Although Brazil may come too soon for Delph, he may have to focus his intentions of pushing himself into the squad in time for Euro 2016 but, like Carragher, I agree that he offers enough in midfield to warrant himself a spot in the squad for Brazil.
He has been “Mr Consistent” for Aston Villa over the last two seasons, even if he has picked up a few yellow cards on the way. Delph offers power, pace and drive in midfield and has the legs to do the running, something that Lampard or Gerrard may lack in the twilight of their careers.
His pace is incredible and his tight control means he can turn away from a player in the centre of the pitch and drive towards goal with his pace, which often leads to a wonder strike. You just need to look at his goal against Southampton to see what I mean.
Fabian Delph is still a young player at the age of 24 and I believe that his day to wear the shirt of the three lions will come sooner rather than later.
Villa fans know that Delph has the potential to become an England international but does Hodgson feel the same?