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Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has launched an impassioned plea for Fabian Delph to be recognised by England. In echoes of the phrase coined by England boss Kevin Keegan, the current incumbent of the hot-seat at Villa Park said he would "love it" if the midfielder was recognised. Delph has been one of the driving forces for Lambert during Villa's revival over the past six months. But he was overlooked by Roy Hodgson again when the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers were announced.
Birmingham Mail: Fabian Delph could be the next Aston Villa player to be rewarded with a new contract - with Paul Lambert insisting the improving midfielder deserves England recognition too. Delph is tied to the claret and blues until summer 2015, but Lambert will consider extending his terms in due course following his consistent run in the first team. Lambert admits it must be hard for Delph to be overlooked by Roy Hodgson again for the Three Lions World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland and Wembley this month. "I'd love him to do it, I'd love the lad to get to a World Cup because I know from my own experience it's a great tournament," said Lambert, speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Hull City.
Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert has hailed Andi Weimann as Aston Villa's blade runner. Lambert says the 22-year-old Austrian covers as much ground as any player he has encountered. Weimann kicked off Joe Hart's week from hell by scoring the winner against Manchester City last weekend, as the Villans proved they still cut it even without Christian Benteke. "He's a very fit guy," said Lambert, whose team visit Hull on Saturday. "He is first minute to last minute, you wind him up and let him go. "That's what he's like, Andi has that level of energy and I haven't seen that many times, somebody with that running. The stats indicate he's a really fit boy".
Daily Express: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Andreas Weimann covers more blades of grass than any player he has seen. Austria international Weimann, 22, scored the winner against Manchester City last week and his energy levels are one of the key factors in Villa's recent improvement, according to his manager. "Andi is a very fit guy," said Lambert. "He is first minute to last minute, you wind him up and let him go. That's what he's like. He has a level of energy I haven't seen that many times, somebody with that running. And he's a clever, intelligent player too."
Birmingham Mail: Andi Weimann has been dubbed a "young Kevin Phillips" by the former Villa team-mate out to stop him this weekend. Curtis Davies reckons Weimann has the natural finishing prowess of Phillips and insists the Austrian striker's rise to first team prominence has not taken him by surprise. Weimann was just emerging from the academy and the reserves when Davies was at Bodymoor Heath between 2007-10 and he has kept an eye on his progress ever since. "I've always rated Andi - ever since he came into the building at 16," said Davies, the temporary Hull City captain who will be up against Weimann and Co on Saturday afternoon. "He reminds me of a Kev Phillips when he was younger. He gets on the shoulder and his finishing is top-quality. "I saw that when he was young and sometimes you can't teach someone that natural finishing. "The fact why he has improved the rest of his game is why he is getting results now. He looks like a key player for Villa."
Birmingham Mail: "I said to him the other morning 'Bayern Munich have probably got the best Austrian and what have we got'?'' Villa manager Paul Lambert likes to wind up Andi Weimann. 'Wind up' in terms of the David Alaba banter the pair exchanged after Weimann's compatriot helped Bayern outclass Manchester City in the Champions League in midweek. And 'wind up' in terms of the clockwork, coiled spring energy Weimann exhibited with his dramatic Premier League winner over City days earlier. Lambert rates Weimann as a footballer and as a young man - even if he admits the razor-sharp striker could do with losing his new facial fuzz.
Express & Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today led the calls for Fabian Delph to gatecrash England's World Cup squad. The midfield missed out on Roy Hodgson's squad for their final qualifiers for Brazil this month but Lambert believes he could make the grade. U21 international Delph, who signed from Leeds, has become a key player for Lambert after finally overcoming injuries - including a knee problem which sidelined him for a year. The boss played at the 1998 World Cup with Scotland and, despite Delph being snubbed for games against Montenegro and Poland, said he would be an asset.
Setanta Sports: Former Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given says he is desperate for a January move away from Aston Villa. It is 14 months since the 37-year-old last played in the Premier League, and the Irishman is now third-choice at Villa behind Brad Guzan and Jed Steer. Given's contract runs until 2016 at Villa, but the Donegal man admits that he would welcome a move as he finds training all week then not playing particularly difficult to deal with.
Sky Sports: Martin Jol remains the 'perfect man' to manage Fulham, according to on-loan striker Darren Bent. The Craven Cottage boss has come under pressure following a poor start to the season which has seen his squad take just four points from six games in the Premier League. That form, along with the arrival of new Fulham owner Shahid Khan, has led to speculation Jol could lose his job after almost two-and-a-half years with the London club. But Bent, a summer transfer window loan signing from Aston Villa, believes the entire Fulham squad remain behind their manager.
Daily Mirror: Darren Bent is used to performing under pressure. Fulham's on-loan Aston Villa striker plundered goals at Charlton, Spurs and Sunderland when the managers of those clubs found themselves under the cosh. Now, with a point to prove himself, the 29-year-old marksman could yet prove an asset to Martin Jol with the Dutchman fighting to save his job with the Cottagers. Bent, frozen out at Villa, has scored just once - against Arsenal - since his summer move to Craven Cottage. But he is approaching peak fitness just in time to shoot Jol out of trouble.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.
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