Will Fabian Delph's England call-up pile pressure on Jack Wilshere?

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Fabian Delph is one of four uncapped players to be called up to the England squad and his inclusion may put pressure on Jack Wilshere to perform.

The Aston Villa midfielder has made Roy Hodgson's England squad for the upcoming games against Norway and Switzerland, joining Callum Chambers, Danny Rose and Jack Colback as an uncapped quartet hoping to make an impression.

Delph has shone for Villa in the past couple of seasons and his displays have been recognised by the England manager.

His inclusion could pile pressure on Arsenal's Jack Wilshere to perform as both play a very similar style of football, and it is unlikely that both will find a place in the England team in the long run.

Wilshere has struggled with injuries throughout his career so far, but he has yet to impress in an England shirt on a consistent basis.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are no longer part of the international picture, and Wilshere has a chance to nail down a regular starting spot as a result, though he could be rivalled by Delph, who will be desperate to shine if he can make his England debut next week.

  TeamPosAppsGoalsGoal AssistAccurate Pass / appsSuccessful Final Third Passes / appsWon Tackle / appsInterception / appsTouches / appsMins
Fabian Delph Aston Villa MF 34 3 2 39.00 10.71 2.24 1.71 65.12 3,003
Jack Wilshere Arsenal MF 24 3 4 43.75 16.92 1.13 0.42 66.08 1,719

Delph made ten more appearances in the Premier League than Wilshere last season, as both players found the net three times.

The Arsenal man was more influential with the ball as he picked up two more assists than Delph last term, and also made more accurate passes per game.

Though Delph is more competent than the 22-year-old when it comes to defensive work as he made twice as many tackles per game than Wilshere, whilst making more interceptions per appearance too.

Delph may thrive from playing alongside better players and he will certainly give Wilshere something to worry about in terms of keeping a place in the England midfield.

It is unlikely that two left-footed midfielders would start in the middle of the park for England, and Jack Colback will also be hoping to make an impression as he has been called up for the first time too.

Wilshere will remain the first-choice in midfield for now, but he will need to ensure that he performs to the best of his ability if he is to retain his place in Roy Hodgson's side going forward. 

Can Fabian Delph make himself an England regular? Is Jack Wilshere under pressure to perform?

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