England squad to face Sweden next week.

The 31-year-old midfielder has been a consistent performer for the Toffees over the years and many believed it was only a matter of time before he was given international recognition.

And it is no surprise that England manager Roy Hodgson finally named Osman in his 23-man squad, along with his Everton team mates Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, for the trip to Stockholm next Wednesday.

Speaking to Everton’s official website, Moyes said: “That news went down with the players and staff as good as anyone that has gone before.

“It was pleasure to tell everyone that Ossie had been called up for England. His form this season has been such that he really deserves this.”

The Toffees boss also believes that Osman will thrive at international level and his qualities are suited to the way England play.

“His consistency  during my time here has been exceptional,” he continued.

“He will take the ball and want to help England play. His football intelligence is as good as anyone I have ever worked with. He understands what you want him to do and he always gets on with it to the best of his ability.

“I felt at times he might miss out but his form and Everton’s form have helped him.”

Since making his debut in 2002, Osman has made 314 appearances in all competitions for Everton, scoring 45 goals.


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