Aston Villa midfielder Delph focused on club form

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has prioritised his form for his club over a potential England call up, Sky Sports has reported.

The 23-year-old has made an impressive start to the new season with Villa, and has been touted by many for a future England call up, potentially to be part of the World Cup squad next summer.

Delph, however, is fully focused on putting in the performances for Villa. He said: “I’m just happy to be playing and giving 100 per cent for my club. If the call-up did happen that would be great, but my priority is here, Aston Villa.

Anything like that’s flattering. Around 12 months ago I probably just started to get a run in the team and 12 months on to hear stuff like that is always great. For me personally it’s about putting in the performances for my club and if something did happen then that would be great.

I think every English player would have been thinking ‘Oof, it’s a big opportunity’. It’s every boy’s dream to represent their country and if it did happen great, if not I’d just keep putting 100 per cent in for my club.

Delph believes a change in the way he plays has helped improve his form, the former Leeds star highlighting that he no longer jumps into tackles, despite having collected four yellow cards already this season.

He said: “I’ve learned to take a little bit off in training. I’ve not picked up as many yellow cards in training – it’s red cards in training! I’ve tapered off a little bit, I don’t really fly into tackles.

That one at the end against Spurs was just because he kept running me and I thought maybe if I give him a little kick he’ll stop running me! Towards the end they were winning and keeping the ball, I got a bit frustrated and it was probably a bit immature of me. The red mist came down a little bit.

I was surprised to be told I’d got four, I didn’t think it was that many,” he continued. “I think I lunged into a lot more last season and made a lot more rash challenges.

After my 10th yellow last season I think I did quite well to not pick up many more after that. I looked at it and I don’t think I lunged in as much, although I did the other day so it’s a bit daft of me to say that. But it’s something I’ll keep looking at.

Delph joined the Villa Park outfit in 2009 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £8m, and has been a regular this term clocking up 10 appearances.

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