David Moyes believes Leon Osman's latest England call-up comes as reward for his best ever season.
Osman is in a competitive international squad for the first time and his club manager says it's deserved, declaring the home-grown star has assumed unparalleled responsibility for Everton at times this season.
If he features against San Marino and Montenegro in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the 31-year-old will be receiving just rewards for his efforts this term.
Moyes said: "I am delighted for him because he has been one of the players who has carried us for a lot of the season, he really has. Yes, at times he has dipped under his best like all players will do, but so far this season he has been very good.
"It's good that Roy's continued to pick him because he was first picked at a time when he was really in top form but it's been tough for Leon because for a lot of the season he's been the one who's carried the team."
As well as Osman's unshirking attitude, Moyes also paid tribute to the midfielder's versatility.
And while the manager is aware no Blues player has appeared in more games for Everton this season, he also knows what international recognition means to a player he gave a first-team debut to back in 2003.
Moyes continued: "His performances have been excellent and he really has carried us at times. Whatever we've asked him to do - we've asked him to do different jobs at times - he's done it, he's come up with some important goals and he's had his best season at Everton for me.
"He's been exceptional and I'm delighted he's been given another call up by England.
"Ossie, if you were being fair would probably be the one who, if anyone, could probably do with a week off just now because he's played all the games.
"He's been doing all the fetching and carrying for the team and he's taken a lot of the burden in terms of responsibility this season. We just hope he can keep that going for another couple of months."