World Cup revenge on England minds, says former Leeds United man Delph

USA's Wil Trapp (left) and England's Fabian Delph battle for the ball (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
USA's Wil Trapp (left) and England's Fabian Delph battle for the ball (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
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Fabian Delph believes his England team-mates will relish the chance to earn redemption for their World Cup semi-final defeat to Croatia.

The Three Lions will host Zlatko Dalic’s men at Wembley tomorrow in a winner-takes-all game, with the prize a place in the Nations League finals next summer.

The two sides meet again just four months after their last-four tie in Russia where Gareth Southgate’s side suffered extra-time heartbreak, having led until the latter stages of the second half.

This will be another tough assignment as Croatia matched England’s 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday, but former Leeds United player Delph believes his side can take extra motivation from that night in Moscow.

“One hundred per cent, we were confident going into that game, we didn’t quite get the result,” he said. “We have got an opportunity to play them and put that right.

“We have got a lot of talent in that dressing room, if we implement the game plan we can win.

Fabian Delph's night as captain and the team to take on the USA: Back row, left to right, England's Michael Keane, Ben Chilwell, Jordan Pickford, Callum Wilson, Lewis Dunk and Dele Alli. Front row, left to right, England's Harry Winks, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho before the International Friendly at Wembley Stadium, London. (Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Fabian Delph's night as captain and the team to take on the USA: Back row, left to right, England's Michael Keane, Ben Chilwell, Jordan Pickford, Callum Wilson, Lewis Dunk and Dele Alli. Front row, left to right, England's Harry Winks, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jadon Sancho before the International Friendly at Wembley Stadium, London. (Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

“It was a high point in a lot of our careers but a massive low at the same time because we felt we should have come through that game.

“That is what is so amazing about football, you can never predict what is going to happen. It’s game on, it’s definitely going to be a tough game but we are definitely more than capable of winning.

“We will have a look at them, Gareth will come in with a game plan but we have definitely got enough quality in the dressing room to win. We are very confident going into the game.”

England go into the game on the back of a 3-0 friendly win over the United States on Thursday and it was a special night for the Manchester City midfielder as he captained the side.

It was a high point in a lot of our careers but a massive low at the same time because we felt we should have come through that game.

Fabian Delph

He handed the armband over to Wayne Rooney in the second half as England’s record goalscorer played for the 120th and final time and it is a game Delph will never forget.

“It was quite emotional, it was a massive honour for me and my family,” said Bradford-born Delph.

“It will probably sink in later. As a child I always dreamt of having the honour of leading the team out so it is probably the highlight of my career so far.

“It was the best feeling I have had in football, I will remember it for the rest of my life.

“What was great for me is that when Wayne came on he actually made a difference, nothing has changed, He has been a breath of fresh air.”