Leeds fan reaction to Delph England debut shows current crop adulation is theirs to grasp

Elland Road pitchside

Former Leeds academy star Fabian Delph started for England in their win over Switzerland.

Fabian Delph made his first England start of his career last night, and put in an accomplished display for the Three Lions against Switzerland.

It is now five years since Delph signed for Aston Villa, leaving Leeds United behind, where his performances even then saw him touted for an England spot.

Also tipped for a Manchester United move, Delph's more modest switch to Aston Villa saw his progress stilted by injuries and a dip in form.

Now the Bradford born youngster can say at 24 he is beginning to fulfil his potential, and fans at his former club are proud, as evidenced by reaction to his display and selection on Twitter last night.

The reaction should inspire the club's current crop, to strive to follow Delph's lead and reach the top level.

Even more poignantly, they should seek to do so at Leeds, and not let down the supporters who are craving success, and for a hero who sticks around.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino said last month he aspires for the club to have players representing England in the not-so-distant future.

He told The Telegraph: "My dream is to get six or seven Leeds players in the England team during my time here."

Academy bosses at Leeds should be pinning photos of Delph representing the Three Lions to the wall, and attempting to further inspire the youngsters to go on and start taking big steps themselves.

That will begin with impressive performances for Leeds United first and foremost, and ensuring the supporters continue to believe.

Reaction from fans last night showed that they will not forget a Leeds face, and if that player becomes the next hero in white to go on and play for England - while still featuring for the club, the city might just burst with pride.

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