Delph reveals Carrick as England teammate who has been helping him most

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has revealed how Michael Carrick has been helping him in the England ranks.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has explained to the FA’s website where he feels he can learn from England teammate Michael Carrick.

Delph and Carrick struck up an impressive connection as England had too much for Lithuania in their latest European Championship qualifier last Friday, which they won 4-0.

“He is calm in possession, great on the ball and he is an experienced head. It's definitely going to help me playing with him,” said Delph.

“I have watched him over the years and I really, really admire the way he plays.”

“Hopefully I can pick up some things that he does and try to implement it in my own game.”

Delph and Carrick are at very different stages of their careers and in different situations with regards to their clubs.

Delph is much younger and is a key figure playing at a club, which is fighting to stay in the Premier League under Tim Sherwood.

His dynamic and mentality will be very different to that of Carrick, who has the greater experience and a different kind of pressure having played for Manchester United.

Carrick has plenty he can offer to Delph in terms of lessons from what he’s learned over the course of his career so far.

He can help the Villa star deal with the pressure and magnitude of what comes along with representing a big club and also representing a country on the biggest stage.

Hopefully the tips and tricks that Delph suggests he’s picked up, he can use to his advantage in direct competition against Carrick this weekend because next up for Aston Villa is a difficult game in the Premier League against Manchester United.

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