Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph impressed last night as England took another stride towards qualifying for Euro 2016 with a comfortable 4-0 win over Lithuania.
The Villa ace was a surprise starter alongside Manchester United’s Michael Carrick as regular Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed out through injury.
The 25-year-old has endured a tough campaign at Villa Park, as the Villains sit just above the relegation zone following a number of on-field struggles under previous boss Paul Lambert.
Delph, however, momentarily put his club’s disappointing campaign behind him as he looked comfortable on the international stage, albeit against a rather poor opponent.
|Shots||Key Passes||Touches||Accurate Passes||Pass Success %||Tackles||Interceptions||Mins Played|
As per the table above, the former Leeds United midfielder provided the link between defence and attack and proved to be the busiest player with the ball throughout the 90 minutes.
The Villa ace took a total of 99 touches, making 92 completed passes with an impressive completion rate of 85.9% - among his side’s best.
Going forward, Delph recorded two shots and two key passes while he was also comfortable in his defensive duties, posting one tackle and two interceptions.
It wasn’t the most challenging game for Delph to display his talents as a poor Lithuania side succumbed to a 4-0 defeat, the goals coming from Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.
Nevertheless, it proved how the Villa Park favourite has what it takes to compete for a regular spot and provide boss Roy Hodgson with a viable alternative to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
Up next for the Three Lions is a tasty friendly match with Antonio Conte’s Italy side, a game which will hopefully put a number of England’s younger or less experienced players such as Delph to the test.