Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today led the calls for Fabian Delph to gatecrash England’s World Cup squad.
The midfield missed out on Roy Hodgson’s squad for their final qualifiers for Brazil this month but Lambert believes he could make the grade.
Under-21 international Delph, who signed from Leeds, has become a key player for Lambert after finally overcoming injuries – including a knee problem which sidelined him for a year.
The boss played at the 1998 World Cup with Scotland and, despite Delph being snubbed for games against Montenegro and Poland, said he would be an asset.
“I’d love him to do it, I’d love the lad to get to a World Cup because I know from own experience it’s a great tournament,” said Lambert.
“You might only get one throw of the dice at it.
“He’s been excellent this year, to be fair. He grew into it towards the end of last season, like everybody, and he’s carried on this year.”