Ex-Celtic star criticises Aston Villa midfielder: "He isn't good enough for England!"

Former Aston Villa striker Chris Sutton says Fabian Delph isn't good enough to play for England.

Aston Villa's season has been eventful already - and not in a good way.

Paul Lambert led Villa to three wins from the first four games of the season to earn plaudits aplenty, particularly for winning 1-0 at Liverpool, but ever since then, it's been tough going for Villa.

Six straight defeats at the hands of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton, QPR and Tottenham have plunged Villa into another relegation battle, though the recent 0-0 draw against West Ham was a positive result.

Lambert penned a new deal during that fine run, which now looks like a big mistake, and their recent woes mean they risk losing star midfielder Fabian Delph.

The 24-year-old has emerged as a superb box-to-box midfielder, and his performances at Villa Park have triggered reported interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.

He's also made himself a regular in the England squad, featuring on the left hand side of Roy Hodgson's midfield diamond, and impressed in the away win at Switzerland in September.

However, whilst many people have become big fans of Delph, it seems not everyone is quite so enamoured with his ability.

Former Villa and Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been speaking ahead of tonight's Scotland v England game, and says that Hodgson has poor tools at his disposal - particularly Delph.

"People talk about changing the manager but Roy Hodgson can only work with what is available to him," said Sutton. "I don't think there are enough good English players and the current England team is underwhelming."

"In midfield, they are toying with players to replace Lampard and Gerrard and bringing in the likes of Delph who, to me, isn't an England player," he added.

Delph is out of the Scotland game through injury, but should return to the squad for England's future fixtures - and it seems virtually inevitable that he will leave Aston Villa soon, with his contract expiring next summer.

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