Paul Lambert today praised Fabian Delph and tipped the Villa star for a late break for the England squad.
The claret and blues boss reckons Delph may be in line for a call-up if he maintains his electric form.
Delph cost Villa £6m from Leeds in 2009 but a serious knee injury suffered a year later hit his progress.
But after his superb start to the season, and ahead of next year’s World Cup, Lambert believes the midfielder is ready to fulfil his potential.
He said: “I knew about his potential at Leeds because I’d seen him there, but you’re never quite sure until you actually work with somebody how good they are and how good they can become.
“But he’s playing really well at the minute. He’s only a young lad still, so if he can keep injury free he’s got a big, big future.
“I’ll let England worry about England, my job is to worry about Fabian and Aston Villa, but the way he’s playing you just don’t know.”
Delph has four under-21 caps but has been restricted to 71 Villa outings by a series of injuries since his switch from Leeds.Subscribe to our Newsletter