Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Star May Take Flight from World Cup

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Star May Take Flight from World Cup

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FABIAN Delph could fly home from Russia in the middle of the World Cup - if his wife goes into labour while England are still in the tournament.

The City midfielder's long-time partner, Natalie, is due to give birth to the pair's third child on June 30 - two days after the Three Lions' final group game against Belgium.

And Delph has already discussed the possibility of returning to England mid-tournament with national team manager Gareth Southgate.

"We're not 100 per cent certain. With a game on June 28 there might be an opportunity to fly back and then get back fast," Delph said.

"Gareth has been fantastic. There's nothing more important than family to me - family always comes first and always will. If I do have the opportunity to get back I will, but if not she's tough, she's a Yorkshire lass, so she'll deal with it. …

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