Lambert backs Villa star to follow in Delph's footsteps

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Paul Lambert believes that Ashley Westwood has the ability to play for England, like his Aston Villa teammate Fabian Delph.

After seeing Fabian Delph called up for the England squad, Paul Lambert is now hoping that more of his players can earn international recognition.

Delph made his first two appearances for his country in the previous international break and Lambert has backed another of his stars to follow in his footsteps.

The Villa boss believes that Ashley Westwood's consistently good form should be spotted by Roy Hodgson and he believes the 24-year-old can offer a lot to England if called up. 

“Westy’s a very clever player,” Lambert is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “He goes unnoticed, but it’s up to the England manager.

“It was the same with Fabian Delph who got a chance and didn’t let anyone down.

“For the two years I’ve been here Ashley has been so consistent and a lad that doesn’t get talked about because he makes the game look so easy at times.”

Delph's performance for England in their games against Norway and Switzerland should have been enough to keep him in the squad for the nation's next fixtures against San Marino and Estonia in October. 

The former Leeds midfielder impressed with his all-action style and, after two wins from the two games, he is likely to play a key part again when Hodgson's team are next in action.

If they were to cap Westwood, though, it would be a major surprise. Although the two games represent an opportunity to test new players out at international level, against two of the weaker sides, it is incredibly unlikely that Lambert would get his wish.

Westwood is a very good player and offers something different to most the midfielders in the current squad, but he isn't particularly high profile and an England appearance would certainly seal a dramatic rise to the top.

Only two years ago, Westwood was representing Crewe so it is a testament to the way he has adapted to Premier League football that he is even being touted by his manager as a potential England candidate. 

Even so, despite Lambert's insistence that he is ready for the step-up, it may take a few more notable performances before he joins his team-mate Delph in Hodgson's squad. 

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