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IMPRESSIVE: Fabian Delph enjoys his run out for England on Thursday

IMPRESSIVE: Fabian Delph enjoys his run out for England on Thursday

Welcome to Friday’s media watch where we’ve got World Cup build-up, transfer speculation, and manager Pep Guardiola’s view on the key strength of his title-winning side.

First to the football, with City ace Fabian Delph impressing in centre-midfield for England in the 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Thursday night.

The Daily Mail’s Martin Samuel reports: “Delph, certainly, did himself a favour with a hard-working stint in forward midfield, full of the vim and energy.”

Over in Lisbon, Blues technician Bernardo Silva laid on a headed assist in Portugal’s 3-0 warm-up victory over Algeria.

“Bernardo Silva cleverly nodded William Carvalho's lofted pass into the path of the fast-arriving Guedes, who made no mistake with a simple low finish,” writes Goal.com’s Matt Dorman.

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City have more stars in international action today with Karen Bardsley, Abbie McManus, Nikita Parris, Jill Scott and Melissa Lawley all in the England squad to take on Russia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

On Thursday night Jen Beattie, Caroline Weir and Claire Emslie all featured in Scotland’s win over Belarus.

To the transfer speculation now and a couple of familiar names are staring back at us from the Mirror.

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Darren Lewis reports: “Mark Hughes is battling to keep midfielder Mario Lemina at Southampton with Manchester City, Napoli and West Ham all interested.

“The 24-year-old has caught the eye of all three clubs after a solid first season at St Mary’s. City see the Gabon international as a potential alternative to one of their first choices, £60million-rated Napoli star Jorginho.

“Napoli intend to move for Lemina if they lose Jorginho while West Ham are prioritising fresh, younger legs in midfield and defence.”

Finally, Guardiola has been speaking to the Premier League’s official site about just how good his title-winning side is and what was key to the success.

"’I would say we made the best year in the Premier League ever," Guardiola said.

"’The numbers say that. We are the best? I'm not sure.

"’I'm completely with the people who say that to be considered the best team in the history of English football you have to win more. We won one Premier League [title].

"’Last season and this season one of our strong points is our locker room. The quality of the human beings they are, how they connect with the rest of the staff, that is I would say the main secret, that counts a lot to me."

That’s your lot for today, we’ll be back tomorrow with more!

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