England midfielder Fabian Delph has become a father for the third time, the player has announced.
Delph, who travelled home from the World Cup in Russia to be with his expectant wife Natalie last week, has revealed in an Instagram post that she gave birth to a daughter on Wednesday morning.
Delph, 28, added that he is now flying back to Russia to rejoin the rest of the England squad, who have returned to their Repino base following Tuesday’s dramatic victory over Colombia in Moscow.
The Manchester City player, who accompanied his post with a picture of himself on an aeroplane, wrote: “I’ve just experienced the most amazing 24 hours. Watching my brothers come through a tough game both mentally and physically, I kicked every ball and felt every bit of emotion with the players, staff and fans.
“At 07:52 Me my wife and 2 beautiful daughters welcomed there baby sister into the world. I can’t put into words the happiness and gratitude I’m feeling… Back to Russia now #TunnelVision.”
Delph had been given permission by manager Gareth Southgate to return home for the birth before the tournament began. Having been a substitute in the group win over Panama on June 24, he then left the camp after starting in last Thursday’s loss to Belgium.
England continued in the tournament without him, beating Colombia on penalties to secure a place in the last eight. They will now play Sweden in Samara on Saturday.
City tweeted: “Congrats Fab! Now go get ‘em in the Quarter Finals.”
England team-mate Jordan Henderson responded: “See you soon bro.”