Fabian Delph could captain England, believes Aston Villa legend

Former club favourite Ian Taylor has been hugely impressed by how the midfielder has taken on the captaincy role in recent months.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has the makings of a future England captain, club legend Ian Taylor has told Sky Sports' Soccer Am.

Delph, 25, joined Villa from Leeds United in 2009 but suffered a succession of long-term injuries which restricted him to just 37 appearances during his first three seasons at the club.

However, a stellar 2013-14 campaign saw him receive his first England call-up at the start of this season, before going on to earn five caps since his debut against Norway in September.

With his growing reputation, there was strong belief over the first half of the term that the Bradford-native would leave Villa for a club higher up the table when his contract expired in the summer, but he instead opted to pen a new deal until 2019, much to the surprise of fans.

The claret and blue favourite’s performances under new boss Tim Sherwood have also been earning him widespread praise amid the team’s battle to avoid the drop, while he has even been handed the captain’s armband on a full-time basis over Ron Vlaar.

Taylor, who made 290 total appearances for Villa between 1994 and 2003, has been more than impressed with the former Leeds man’s progress and, having seen him showcase his leadership qualities in recent months, believes it’s far from out of the question that he could go on to skipper the Three Lions in the future.

“I think Fabian Delph’s been a revelation,” he said. “For a player like him, in a situation where his contract’s up at the end of the season, it came as a surprise [to see him re-sign].

“That doesn’t happen in modern football. More often than not, players leave to go on to better things.

“But he’s stayed loyal and the fans absolutely love him for that.

“It just shows how well he’s done this season. He’s still young and I can see him being a future England captain. He’s got a lot to offer.”

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