England's Delph back in action after World Cup baby dash

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

"I think after the Costa Rica game I said how impressed how I was with the boys and what I thought we could accomplish".

England's Fabian Delph called his wife an "absolute machine" after he travelled home from the World Cup to see the birth of his third child.

The fantastic story does not end there as Delph's Manchester City team mate Vincent Kompany - who he could meet in the World Cup final - loaned him his private jet to fly back and forth to Russian Federation.

Delph came on as a substitute as England beat Sweden, having been in the United Kingdom days before to witness the birth of his third child.

He said: "It is insane". I've got Hendo [Jordan Henderson who missed his penalty] to thank for that!

"She was a few days over which is why I missed the quarter-final".

"I take my hat off to the gaffer, he's been superb, he's allowed me to get back after the Belgium game".

Versatile midfielder Fabian Delph has insisted that he was always confident England could make a big impression at the 2018 World Cup. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

"For me, personally, it's been one of the best weeks of my life, if not the best week of my life". If not the best week of my life. "Nobody wants to miss the birth of their child, so to see that and then to get back and be involved in such a fantastic game and go through to the semi-finals is unbelievable". I was getting stopped on the school runs'.

And Delph himself admits he is only just coming to terms with what he has experienced.

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"Vincent Kompany's family came out for the Belgium game and I am close with him and the family so I flew back with Vincent's family on a private plane".

Wife Natalie - described colourfully as "a machine" by her husband on Saturday night - was happy to go it alone but neither Delph nor Southgate entertained the idea.

"It was just me, his children and his wife". He has three lovely kids and they were running about.

"In the first half I wasn't as sharp or as good on the ball as I should have been, but you have those games and thankfully the team played so well".

And talking about the atmosphere in the United Kingdom at the moment, he added: "It is insane".

"We're in a bubble and not really aware but I had four or five days and it's scary, frightening, everyone is right behind us". Even people who are not into football.

"I have told a couple of the lads about it and they could not believe it".

"I went into the City training ground twice to get some pitch sessions and I did home sessions in my gym at home".

"We will take each game at a time".

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