England training at World Cup is ‘fiery’, says Fabian Delph


Fabian Delph says there is no sign of complacency in England's training camp ahead of their World Cup opener v Tunisia on Monday.

Fabian Delph has dismissed suggestions England’s players could become complacent as they prepare for their World Cup opener against Tunisia on Monday.

The Manchester City midfielder described Gareth Southgate’s training sessions as “fiery” ahead of next week’s fixture.

Delph, 28, says the close relationships between players in the Three Lions squad has not stopped them calling each other out when required in training.

Asked about negative attitudes creeping in, Delph said: “No I don’t think so. We’re a close bunch but once training starts it’s fiery. It’s spicy and the intensity is there.

“People are not afraid to dig people out. Nothing’s ever personal, that’s what I’ve found with this squad. As long as it’s constructive criticism, people take it on the chin.”

Having earlier indicated Southgate had already named his team to play Tunisia on Monday, the former Leeds and Aston Villa midfielder has now admitted the manager has done no such thing.

He suggested Southgate’s training drills have hinted at the starting XI.

Delph continued: “We’ve worked on various different systems with various personnel.

“The team’s not guaranteed, there could be changes. But from the set-up that we’ve done, it’s pretty clear who’s going to be starting.”

Asked about the possibility of missing out on England’s first game against Tunisia, Delph replied: “No I don’t have any disappointment – ever. I’m quite a positive person.

“I am absolutely delighted to be in this squad having not been here for quite a while. Whenever I’m needed I’ll give nothing less than 100 per cent.”

Delph has insisted the players who do not start against Tunisia will not find it hard to remain motivated.

“Honestly, in this squad we’ve got, it’s not like that at all”, he explained. “Everybody will be behind the team that’s picked to play.

“Everybody will have a part to play, whether that’s in training or in games. When you’re called upon, you’re expected to give nothing less than 100 per cent.”

Delph also discussed Danny Rose’s revelations that he recently struggled with depression.

“I wasn’t aware. Rose is my best mate, I’ve known him since I was 10 years old,” said Delph.

“We’ve spoken since and he’s a strong guy mentally. He’s got great people around him so I’m sure he will be fine going forward.”