Paul Lambert backs Fabian Delph to retain his England place

Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has backed Fabian Delph to keep his place in the England setup.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has backed midfielder Fabian Delph to maintain a regular place in Roy Hodgson’s England setup.

Delph made his international debut for England in the friendly against Norway last week before producing a superb performance as Hodgson’s men got their Euro 2016 qualification campaign off to a winning start against Switzerland earlier this week.

Delph is likely to be a key feature of the Aston Villa side this season and the boss has backed his player to maintain his form and his England place.

“The second one against Switzerland I saw. He was excellent. He grew into the game. If you perform like that, when the next squad gets announced, hopefully he will be back in it,” Lambert told Aston Villa’s website.

Delph got off to a nervy start against the Swiss as they seemed to play on his nervous and over enthusiastic nature.

He snapped at the heels of Swiss players, earning an early booking but composed himself and gradually started to dominate on the left hand side of a diamond formation from England.

He has to show similar maturity and composure this weekend because Villa face a difficult game against Liverpool at Anfield, which will test them and Delph will be a key figure should the game not start well.

However, Lambert says Delph has shown consistency for some time and expects the very best because of the standards he’s not set himself.

“He has been playing well for me for the last few years. It's not something that surprises me. I said when he got called up that he wouldn't let anyone down and I am delighted for the way he played,” added the boss.

The trick for Delph is how he stays important and decisive in games when sides find ways to mute his influence in key matches.

Sides may also look to play on his temper to try and gain a numerical advantage but if his England performance this week was anything to go by, that’s a pointless tactic and one he can handle.

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