England boss Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Manchester City’s Fabian Delph will captain the Three Lions against the USA on Thursday night.
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It’s a major career achievement for 28-year-old Delph, who Southgate described as ‘an outstanding leader, an outstanding person’ in his press conference heading into tomorrow’s friendly.
Despite being something of a fringe player in Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Manchester City squad, with just three Premier League appearances to his name this season, Delph’s versatility and talent are admired by Guardiola and Southgate alike.
The former Aston Villa player confirmed that he will hand the captain’s armband over to Wayne Rooney when the veteran comes off the bench for his final England appearance.
Delph made a controversial move from Villa to City in 2015 and after an injury hit first two seasons played a key role as a converted left-back in the double-winning 2017-18 season under Guardiola.