Harrogate tea-loving England footballer to fly home

England midfielder Fabian Delph in his days playing for Leeds Utd.
England midfielder Fabian Delph in his days playing for Leeds Utd.

England's World Cup star Fabian Delph may not have missed his home county thanks to his supply of Harrogate-produced Yorkshire Tea but he has certainly missed his family.

It should come as no surprise then that the former Leeds Utd England midfielder is now returning home from Russia for the birth of his and his wife Natalie's third child.

A taste of home - Yorkshire Tea by Taylors of Harrogate.

A taste of home - Yorkshire Tea by Taylors of Harrogate.


The 28-year-old Manchester City player is leaving the World Cup squad to fly home after appearing for the entire game in England's third match of the tournament against Belgium which ended in a 1-0 defeat.


Award-winning Taylors of Harrogate had tried its best to make the devoted family man's stay in Russia a pleasant one.

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Bradford-born Delph made the national headlines in the build-up to the World Cup after saying he would be taking Yorkshire Tea, the second most popular tea brand in the entire UK.
Taylors then jumped into action to offer the top footballer his own personalised box of ‘Delph Tea’ so he could have a 'proper brew'.
The England star jokingly told the press the gift had been more exciting than winning the Premier League with Man City.


Delph started off at Bradford City as a youngster but moved to Leeds United aged 11. After playing 45 matches for Leeds at League One level and once in the Championship, he moved to Premier League club Aston Villa for £6 million in 2009. In 2012, he briefly came back to Leeds on loan.


In 2015, Delph arrived at Manchester City in a £8 million transfer deal from Aston Villa.
Manager Gareth Southgate's current first-choice England team includes six Yorkshire players – the most Yorkshiremen of any England squad ever.