Fabian Delph for England? 0

Richard Davies discusses Fabian Delph’s England credentials ahead of the World Cup...

The question of who will play alongside Steven Gerrard in Brazil has been hotly-debated over the last few months. Should Wilshere get the nod? Can Henderson replicate league-form alongside his captain? Can we burn Tom Cleverley’s passport?

One man who has recently caught the eye and thrown himself into the frame is Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.

Delph has been an instrumental figure in Villa’s season so far this season making 26 appearances, with the Chelsea game last week crowning his finest moment so far. His box-to-box, action-packed performance against Jose Mourinho’s men has turned plenty of heads, including most likely Roy Hodgson’s. But is it enough to give him an even further headache with the likes of Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cleverley, Carrick, Lallana, Lampard, Ross Barkley, and Jordan Henderson all in the departure lounge ahead of the World Cup?

And that’s some queue for the former Leeds man to jump. Although Delph himself has admitted he has a long way to go before he gets his chance on the big stage.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Delph said: “My Job is to try to perform my best for the club. I think it’s in every player’s head and it’s every player’s ambition to represent their country but I think I might be a bit away from that. There seems to be a lot of quality midfield players that are English that are probably above me at the minute.”

And he would be right. There’s a long list of players Hodgson has tried and tested in the last few international weeks, and with Gareth Barry not even able to regain his place, despite being an inspirational part of an Everton side that sees them sat 6th in the table, it does seem unlikely.

With Delph there seems to be a sense of Tom Huddlestone syndrome. The 27-year-old has been an ever-present in the Tigers return to the top flight and was touted as a sure thing by the three musketeers Hansen, Shearer, and Lineker following his performance in the 6-0 thrashing of Fulham.

Since then, Hull have won two league games and Huddlestone has been accused of going missing by the MOTD experts, no doubt much to his mother’s dismay.

There are of course plenty of games to play before the Three Lions squad is announced on May 13, and in typically English fashion there will of course be a few casualties.

Bu what have England got to lose? Freebets odds indicate that they’re massive 30/1 outsiders to win in Brazil so if the Villa man can keep up his fine run of form, samba goals like the one against Chelsea won’t look out of place in Rio.

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