Pep Guardiola backs Fabian Delph in England’s World Cup squad

Vastavam web: Pep Guardiola believes Gareth Southgate would be taking a risk if he did not name Fabian Delph in England’s World Cup squad after an impressive season from the Manchester City utility man.Delph, 28, overcame three injury-ravaged seasons to become Guardiola’s first-choice left-back following the knee problem suffered by Benjamin Mendy in September.

His form, and ability to play numerous positions, has seen the former Aston Villa midfielder emerge as a strong contender for Southgate’s squad.”Maybe it will be a risk if he doesn’t take him to the World Cup,” Guardiola said when asked if Southgate would be taking a gamble if he names Delph.

“Today Gareth Southgate was here, we speak together about the English players in the team, he is delighted with all of them; John Stones, Kyle (Walker), all of them. Delph as well.”I would like to see Fabian Delph at the World Cup, of course it depends on Gareth, because I think he deserves it.

“He is a player who can play in different positions, he helps us to play good football, to be better, to give an extra pass.” Question marks persist about Delph’s durability, however, with the City man scheduled to make what would be just his 30th Premier League start in three seasons when the champions faces Huddersfield on Sunday.”He has a good heart, he is a fantastic person,” said Guardiola. “I think he is a guy for the group.

“Last season, he didn’t play but he always helped the team, he was always there.”He encourages the guys that are playing in his position, it is important for the balance of the dressing room to have to good guys who are playing and good guys who are on the bench.”And he is an exceptional player, the only problem and I agree with you is the fact about injuries.Guardiola is keen to try and ensure the 32-year-old enjoys a trouble-free campaign when he enters the last season of his contract in August.

“We miss him when he is not fit. When he is fit he is one of the best central defenders I have seen in my life,” said Guardiola.”But his problems are a bit similar to Fabian in maintaining fitness. Now we have the same feeling as we had last season when we finished with seven wins in a row.”He has to learn that in terms of accepting the reality,” said Guardiola.”Of course, people talk too much and say he is diving. People start to talk about that and then people start to believe that.