Keown: This Aston Villa star impressed me most for England

Martin Keown has revealed which England player impressed him most during the international break.

During his Tackle Keown session with the Daily Mail, the Arsenal great named Fabian Delph as the player who most impressed him during the international break.

He said: “I think Fabian Delph has gone somewhat under the radar. He puts in workmanlike performances but he has good technical ability. I remember talking to Arsene Wenger about him when he was at Leeds and he rated him, but then injuries slowed his development. But on the left hand side of midfield he provides a good balance of going forward and maintaining balance at the back.

“I think he’s quietly giving Roy Hodgson a problem in there.”

Delph is starting to slowly stake a claim as an England regular, having now been called up by Roy Hodgson for the last two international breaks.

His solid form for a disappointing Aston Villa side has not gone unnoticed, and his calm play in the middle of the park offers much needed technical skill to a Three Lions side sorely lacking in the midfield positions.

He now has five caps to his name for the senior team, and the 25-year-old looks to be close to fulfilling the great promise he once showed as a teenager at Leeds United.

There is something of a dearth in midfield quality for England at the moment, and it is the reason that Michael Carrick is still a regular pick, despite his advancing age meaning he has no future with the Three Lions.

Jordan Henderson is a guaranteed pick for the ‘runner’ role, and Delph is arguably the second best behind the Liverpool man.

He may go unnoticed in relation to some of his more illustrious teammates, but his calm and collected play makes him the natural successor to Carrick, but with an added box-to-box goal threat that England are currently sorely lacking.

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