Monday media watch [18.11.13 PM]: Mulumbu relishing Villa clash
Sky Sports: Karim El Ahmadi feels his fellow Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is deserving of an England call-up. Delph has been capped at U21 level, but fell off the international radar after enduring a difficult start to his Villa Park career. The 23-year-old is now very much back on track, with his ball-winning and ball-playing abilities catching the eye. A first senior outing for the Three Lions has been mooted, but Delph was overlooked by Roy Hodgson when naming his latest squad. El Ahmadi is surprised to see the former Leeds United man on the outside of the fold, with it his opinion that Delph is among the finest all-round midfielders in the Premier League.
Express & Star: Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to be ruled out of Belgium's friendly against Japan - but is expected to face Albion on Monday. Paul Lambert's goalscoring talisman missed training last night with soreness in his knee and is not expected to figure against the Japanese tomorrow. But sources in Belgium insist his absence is simply a precaution and he should be available for next Monday's showdown at The Hawthorns. Benteke played for 76 minutes in Belgium's 2-0 home defeat to Colombia on Thursday.
FourFourTwo: West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is expecting a "Champions League" atmosphere when his side meet local rivals Aston Villa next Monday. Steve Clarke's side have not lost any of their last five matches against Villa and Mulumbu knows how important it is to the fans that they make it six after the international break. The midfielder - who played in four of those five matches - scored the winning goal in their match at The Hawthorns in April 2011 and is hotly anticipating another home clash.
Metro: Aston Villa are expected to make a January move for Torino full-back Danilo D'Ambrosio. Sources suggest the 25-year-old defender is high on manager Paul Lambert's New Year's shopping list. D'Ambrosio's contact runs out in the summer and he is free to strike an agreement with another club on January 1. The Italian is eager to taste life in the Premier League and Lambert wants to strengthen his defence.
BBC Sport: Yeovil have signed Reading goalkeeper Stuart Taylor on a one-month loan deal. The former Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City goalkeeper has featured four times for the Royals this season. Taylor, 32, will help cover the absence of Marek Stech, who faces another month out with a hand injury, while Wayne Hennessey's loan from Wolves has ended.
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Sky Sports: Nicklas Bendtner has told the Danish media he will consider leaving Arsenal in January in search of regular first-team football. The 25-year-old, who was strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal during the summer transfer window, has found himself playing a bit-part role for the Premier League leaders so far this season.
BBC Sport: Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has been named in England's starting XI to face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday. The 24-year-old had missed Friday's 2-0 defeat by Chile with a foot injury and withdrew early from training on Monday.
Sky Sports: Joe Hart's form is "razor sharp" as he looks to re-establish himself as England's outstanding goalkeeper, according to Sky Sports News analyst Alan Smith. The former Arsenal striker watched Roy Hodgson's players train at their London Colney base on Monday morning and found the 26-year-old was suffering no ill effects from his lack of first-team action.
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