Delph wants more af­ter World Cup ex­pe­ri­ence

The Chronicle - - World Cup 2018 -

FABIAN Delph says be­ing part of Eng­land’s World Cup ad­ven­ture is the high­light of his ca­reer - and hopes this is just the be­gin­ning.

Few could have fore­seen Gareth South­gate’s men get­ting to the semi­fi­nals in Rus­sia, just as few would have pre­dicted the 28-year-old would be in­volved last sum­mer.

Yet Delph flour­ished for ti­tlewin­ning Manch­ester City as a makeshift left-back and is now pre­par­ing for to­day’s third-place play-off against Bel­gium.

The dis­ap­point­ment not to be fac­ing Fran­cein the fi­nal is clear, as is the York­shire­man’s pride at the end of a cam­paign to re­mem­ber.

“For me per­son­ally it’s been a fan­tas­tic sea­son,” said Delph.

“I man­aged to play quite a lot of foot­ball and in a po­si­tion that I’ve never played be­fore, so it was a learn­ing sea­son. A very en­joy­able one. In terms of my devel­op­ment, I feel still like I have a lot of devel­op­ment to do, a lot of ar­eas that I can work at.

“To get into the World Cup squad’s been the high­light of my ca­reer.

“There’ll be a lot of mem­o­ries that I’ll keep close to my heart.

“Hope­fully I can con­tinue to keep play­ing in the Manch­ester City team and keep get­ting in the Eng­land squads.”

Fabian Delph

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