England’s Delph back in action

Delph: Henderson penalty miss brought on wife's labour

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. We know what a gent (and massive LAD) he is, as he demonstrated when consoling Colombia players following England's win. I've got Hendo to thank for that.

Gareth Southgate gave the midfielder permission to fly home on a private jet with Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany's wife and children after the final group game against Belgium. I tried to explain to some of the boys what it is like back home.

"I was getting stopped on the school run, so I'm glad we could get the win and continue on for them".

The wonderful 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.

Will Kompany be regretting his grand gesture if that does happen?

Delph's wife was already overdue and it was the drama of penalties which finally brought on the birth - and also meant that he was able to fly back to Russian Federation and was a substitute in the quarter final against Sweden. I am close with him and the family, so I flew back with them on a private plane.

"My wife has been great, she's an incredible woman and she even wanted me to stay out here", he said. It is overwhelming. I have told a couple of the lads about it and they could not believe it. He has three lovely kids and they were running about. "Now I am really looking forward to Wednesday".

"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".

He added: "It is insane".

"I didn't realise what it was like until I went back, we've got our own bubble and we don't see outside it", he said.

England are into the final four for just the third time in their history, but Manchester City ace Delph is "dreaming" of going one better than the 1990 crop by emulating 1966's winning generation.

"During the game she was diving about watching and she then went into hospital afterwards".

"We are going into the next game to win".

"We've managed to do that, so the dream is still alive and the end goal is still there for us".

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