Wayne Rooney is a 'great captain', says Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph
Delph made his first England start at Wembley on Friday night

Aston Villa's Fabian Delph says he is learning the art of captaincy from England team-mate and skipper Wayne Rooney.

Delph, 25, has led Villa since 28 February with captain Ron Vlaar out through injury and suspension.

The midfielder won his fourth cap for England in Friday's 4-0 win over Lithuania at Wembley.

"Wayne is a great captain and sets great examples on and off the pitch," said Delph.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's John Murray, he added: "It is great for a young guy like me to look up to him and follow in his footsteps.

"I'm pretty new to being a captain but thoroughly enjoying it and I'm not sure I am going to give it back to Ron."

Manchester United striker Rooney is two goals short of Sir Bobby Charlton's national scoring record of 49.

The striker was made national team captain by Roy Hodgson in August after the World Cup and also skippers Louis van Gaal's United.

Delph added: "He has been great with me since day one, he spoke to me, welcomed me and I am very grateful for that."

England play a friendly against Italy in Turin on Tuesday.

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