Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has praised the current midfield representing the Three Lions.
Delph featured as England made it six wins from six matches in their European qualifying campaign, with a 3-2 win over Slovenia yesterday.
Murphy explained that he thought Delph’s performance was positive, because of the way he hunted down Slovenian players, looking to win back possession.
“I really liked England’s midfielder – I liked Delph with the energy he showed – The way he looked to hunt down the ball was impressive,” he said.
Delph has become a key midfielder for club and country and a large amount of credit has to go to Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood for helping the player to transform his game.
He’s always been a very fit and agile midfielder, but Sherwood worked hard to remove the pressure from his shoulders, encouraging him to play with freedom in a Villa shirt towards the back end of last season.
He was also handed the captaincy by Sherwood, which was a masterstroke because it helped the player to set the example.
He thrived with the role because it made him push that little bit harder to make a difference in high pressure situations where weaker players would have hidden.
He should be harbouring a determination for the club to improve next year, developing to a point where they can comfortably consolidate in mid-table, giving them extra freedom to take a few more risks.
Delph will be integral to that and he’ll be looking to set the example as soon as he returns for Villa’s pre-season schedule.