Delph deserves England chance, believes Senderos

Aston Villa and Switzerland defender Philippe Senderos has said that club teammate Fabian Delph deserves his call-up to the England national team squad, the Birmingham Mail has reported.

The former Leeds United midfielder made his England debut on Wednesday, coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 victory over Norway. He could make his competitive bow for his country on Monday as the Three Lions take on Senderos’ Swiss side in their opening qualifier for Euro 2016.

Delph was given his chance after a series of strong performances for Villa, where he was named Player of the Year for last season. And Senderos is pleased that the 24-year-old has been recognised by England boss Roy Hodgson. He said: “He’s been brilliant, not only this season but over the last few seasons,” said 29-year-old Senderos.

“Now he really deserves his place in the squad. He will bring his energy, his power, his will to move forward all the time. He is a very positive player to have around.”

Neither side enters the game is Basel as clear favourites, but Senderos still regards his side as the underdogs. “I don’t think you can ever enter as favourites against a big team like England,” he added.

“We are still a small country, we are developing very well and qualifying for big tournaments, but England are a massive country in football and they have a lot of players to pick from. England are still favourites and we are going to try to battle hard and start this new campaign on a good foot.’

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