Revealed: 55% of fans want Southgate to return Delph to central midfield

Fabian Delph is at World Cup 2018 on the back of an unlikely reinvention as a left-back under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The champions spent big money on full-backs last summer but injury to Benjamin Mendy saw the former Aston Villa man thrust into the side on the left side of a defence that was the tightest in the Premier League.

His performances earned him a place on the plane for Russia and while he did not feature in Monday’s 2-1 win over Tunisia – although there was a stage when he looked as if he would come on for the injured Dele Alli – he was incredibly impressive in the final pre-tournament friendly.

So, we asked the fans whether they think he has more to offer in defence or midfield and while the results were tight, the majority backed Gareth Southgate to keep him in the engine room instead in the back four like Guardiola…