Fabian Delph: England raring to go against Slovenia

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph says the influx of younger players into the England squad has helped the team through Euro 2016 qualifying.

England are preparing for their final international fixture of the season on Sunday against Slovenia. Roy Hodgson's men are bidding to secure their sixth successive victory in order to continue their 100 per cent start to the group.

The Three Lions took on the Republic of Ireland last Sunday in a friendly that resulted in a scoreless draw.

Thirteen members of the squad Roy Hodgson is now taking to Ljubljana are under the age of 26, so the future is bright for England.

Fabian Delph, Ryan Bertrand, Harry Kane and Nathaniel Clyne have all made their senior debuts in recent months and the Aston Villa midfielder says it is a good time to be a part of proceedings.

"There's a lot of young, talented players that are really quick on their feet," Delph told the FA official website.

"If we can attack with freedom I'm sure we'll look quite attractive and push on in games."

Delph started in England's crucial win over Switzerland in September and has also reflected on how that experience aided him moving forward with his international career.

"I was pleased with that game, it was a big one for me," he added.

"The boys have been brilliant with me, they've welcomed me into the squad. They've helped me out and had quite a few chats with me.

"I've felt quite comfortable since that game and I've managed to stay in the squad and keep playing the games.

"I really enjoy it. I'm always looking out for the next squads and hoping I'm in them and have the opportunity to represent my country and play with top-quality players.

"Hopefully I can stay in the squad."

After picking up an injury in the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa, Delph was a doubt for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia but has now declared himself fit, which will be a relief for Hodgson.

The 25-year-old believes the rest of the squad is in good shape ahead of the tie.

"Fitness levels are still high and the boys look sharp in training so we're looking forward to the next game.

"We're confident about the game against Slovenia. We've trained well, the boys have looked really sharp and we're raring to go."

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