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Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph admits he would love to play for England at the World Cup but feels it may be a bit too soon.
The 24-year-old has now established himself as a vital part of the Villa squad and scored the winning goal as the Villans beat Chelsea last time out to move into the relative safety of mid table in the Premier League standings.
The former Leeds man has made 26 top-flight appearances this term, scoring three goals, and there have been calls for the former England Under-21 star to be called up to the senior squad.
But Delph, while admitting that he would love to go to Brazil, feels he may have to wait with Roy Hodgson currently spoilt for choice in the middle of the park.
“I think it’s in every player’s head and it’s every player’s ambition to represent their country but I think I might be a bit away from that,” he said.
“There seems to be a lot of quality midfield players that are English that are probably above me at the minute. I’ll keep grafting and maybe one day.”
Back-to-back wins have seen the Midlanders move away from the relegation zone and they have a great chance of putting further daylight between themselves and the bottom three when they entertain Stoke City at the weekend.
Paul Lambert’s men can be backed at 2.14 to beat the Potters, who are on offer at 3.42 and are, themselves, on a three-match unbeaten run which began with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.