Paul Lambert would love to see Fabian Delph gatecrash England's World Cup plans - and he believes the in-form midfielder has the "enthusiasm and drive" to do so.
Delph has been tipped for a call-up to Roy Hodgson's squad after an impressive start to the Barclays Premier League campaign.
The 23-year-old, who has won back-to-back Villa player of the month awards, is enjoying his best spell since joining from boyhood club Leeds United in August 2009.
Lambert reckons staying injury-free has been a big factor in Delph's excellent form.
And he would love to see the tenacious midfielder receive international recognition, especially with a World Cup on the horizon next summer.
"He has energy in abundance. He's playing ever so well," said the Villa boss.
"We asked him to play a different role. We asked him to put a marker down and I thought he did it.
"He grew into it last season and he's carried it on this season. The big thing for me is that he's injury-free. He trains every day.
"You know what you're going to get with Fabian. Sometimes you think 'curtail it a bit' but that's the way he plays the game.
"He trains like he plays and sometimes you do think 'hold back a bit!'
"But he's a good guy to work with. He has enthusiasm and drive. That's been excellent. I'd be delighted if he was picked."
Asked about Delph's prospects of going to Brazil next summer, should England qualify, Lambert said: "I'd love him to do it.
"I'd love the lad to get to a World Cup. I know from my own experience that it's a great tournament.
"You might only get one throw of the dice at it. You just don't know.
"Even to get in a squad would be great. If you're a young player playing well and you keep getting overlooked it's hard.
"Whether he has aspirations to do it, you're better asking Fabian himself. I'd love him to play.
"If he keeps playing like he is, you're hoping that somewhere along the line he'll get the recognition."
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