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Osman Handed England Call-Up

Osman Handed England Call-Up
Leon Osman

Leon Osman has been handed a first England squad call-up.
The midfielder, 31, has been named in a 23-man party for Wednesday's friendly in Sweden.

England manager Roy Hodgson said: "It is an interesting squad, a nicely balanced squad with some young players and one or two new players who we would like to look at, people like Leon Osman for example.

"He is a player that I have admired since coming back to Fulham five years ago. He is a player that I think has always done extremely well, whenever I have played Everton or watched Everton his performances have been really good. 

"He faces stiff competition in that part of the field where he plays, but on this occasion we have got the opportunity to bring Leon in and meet him and work with him and see how he fits in with what we are trying to do at international level."

Osman's Everton teammates Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka are also in the squad.

Academy graduate Osman has England Under-21 caps but has never been in a senior squad before.

His call-up is reward for the excellent form he has showed for the Blues this term.

Everton legend and former England international Peter Reid Tweeted: "Congratulations Leon Osman, well deserved England call up."

Squad: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City). Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur). Midfielders: Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United). 


Keith Daniel RobertsWell done Ozzy. About time!!

Friday 9th November 09:38 Report Comment

ROBERT HUGHESI jumped up and down when i heard the news and at my age that aint easy!! Made up for you Ozzie, get out there and show em what they've been missing!

Friday 9th November 08:59 Report Comment

thomas mcewanwell done ossie now you can show the skill we`ve enjoyed at efc to the nation, good luck mate you deserve it

Friday 9th November 07:53 Report Comment

Cason TangGreat news. Hope Hibbo gets his chance soon.

Friday 9th November 06:31 Report Comment

Jeffrey BenfellMade up for Leon as per other comments being saying this for awhile, It is about time.

Friday 9th November 01:36 Report Comment

Jon WollnickHow nice to see how so many people are happy on Osmans behalf. A special club indeed! Congrats Ossie!

Thursday 8th November 23:41 Report Comment

John RobinsonFabulous news! Could not happen to a better player. Consistently a top top player in the Premier League and a model professional who handles himself with a plumb. Congratulations Leon!

Thursday 8th November 23:04 Report Comment

Michael WinterABOUT TIME TOO. I jumped off the sofa when i heard....Enjoy it Ozzy,you deserve it!

Thursday 8th November 21:29 Report Comment

john ForsterLong overdue, Ossie is a real footballer who's skills are very much underated.

Thursday 8th November 20:58 Report Comment

Danny Kylesshould of been called up years ago, head and shoulders better than a lot of the midfielders that have come and gone over the years - good luck!!!

Thursday 8th November 20:17 Report Comment

Gordon BellBrilliant and not before time. Hope you get a game Ossie, cos you will show them your quality.

Thursday 8th November 20:04 Report Comment

James DeaneGreat news Leon, we're proud of ya !!!

Thursday 8th November 20:01 Report Comment

Jonathan Cantelo-JonesFantasic news Ossie well done. It's only at least 5 seasons too late. More than you deserve lad!! Good luck!!

Thursday 8th November 18:34 Report Comment

ken pickardWell in Leon

Thursday 8th November 18:27 Report Comment

stephen taitOh yes, Just heard the news and its made my day! well done Leon, just deserves for your performances. Well done Roy Hodgson - at last an England manager that recognises talent and effort!!! :-)

Thursday 8th November 18:26 Report Comment

James RobertsWell done Ossie lad, get in there COYB

Thursday 8th November 18:21 Report Comment

Ty Sommers Ottoyes ossie yes!!

Thursday 8th November 18:03 Report Comment

Richard EvansDelighted for you Leon!

Thursday 8th November 17:38 Report Comment

Ricardo TomaselliGreat News and long overdue...from across the pond. WTG Ozzie Jr. I had the pleasure of playing alongside his dad back in my hey-day in local leagues. I KNOW where he got his skills from!

Thursday 8th November 17:32 Report Comment

Peter BurnettUnbelievably great news for you Leon. A vindication of the talents you bring to Everton and now for England!!

Thursday 8th November 17:14 Report Comment

alan morrisWell overdue, nice one Leon

Thursday 8th November 17:11 Report Comment

matthew shawlong over due I too make very few comments but its about time you got reward for your hard work and skill

Thursday 8th November 17:05 Report Comment

alan gadsdeni very really make comments.but this great news well over due.

Thursday 8th November 16:15 Report Comment

Daniel MillerI am beyond delighted for Leon. It's about time.

Thursday 8th November 15:48 Report Comment

bernard philipsAs is only right, but they had better play him, England has been in sore need of his qualities! COYOZZZIE

Thursday 8th November 15:07 Report Comment

Mark Doughtynice one Ossie, should have happened years ago tho. 200% deserved.

Thursday 8th November 14:52 Report Comment

Andrew HicksonWell done Leon!! We're all proud of ya.

Thursday 8th November 14:49 Report Comment

Grant JansenOzzie you biscuit...the way youve been playing, its about time!!!!

Thursday 8th November 14:12 Report Comment

Malcolm HamlingCongratulations, well deserved and long overdue! IF Ossie is put on the pitch and allowed to continue his Everton role, England should start to have some edge.

Thursday 8th November 14:03 Report Comment

Simon BunnWell done Ossie, you thoroughly deserve your call up mate and should have been in the squad much earlier!

Thursday 8th November 13:50 Report Comment

John HoldsworthMuch deserved. Better late than never!!

Thursday 8th November 13:47 Report Comment

David BillowsMade up for you Ossie - A True Blue - Congratulations!

Thursday 8th November 13:25 Report Comment

Barrie MillerGreat news, couldn't have happened to a nicer person and most under rated footballer in the premier league. Congrats Ozzy

Thursday 8th November 13:15 Report Comment

Ian BuffelFantastic news for our ossie, i hope you get the chance to show what you have always had for us (class) well done ossie,

Thursday 8th November 13:04 Report Comment

brian connorAbout time leon got some recognition from the England bosses, get in and seal your place Ossie

Thursday 8th November 12:40 Report Comment

Brian FarrellCongrats Ossie. Well deserved and long overdue.

Thursday 8th November 12:31 Report Comment

paul jonesbrilliant news ozzy in the england squad fully deserved on current form

Thursday 8th November 12:29 Report Comment

Steve LandyMade my day! Good on ya Ossie!

Thursday 8th November 12:23 Report Comment

Ramon WignallYour time has come Ossie, at last. You deserve it for all the hard work you have put in over the years. Lets hope you get a game.

Thursday 8th November 12:19 Report Comment

brian ashtonLong ovedue call up for a fine professional. Congratulations Ossie.

Thursday 8th November 12:16 Report Comment

Nathan BurgessGlad he can show the rest of the country what we already know. Well in Ossie la. LEON, LEON, LEON, LEON!!!!!

Thursday 8th November 12:11 Report Comment

Minik HansenWell deserved, long tmie coming! Let's all wish him for lots of minutes he will play! :-D

Thursday 8th November 12:07 Report Comment

Andy KennedyIt's about time. Fully deserved not just for his form this season

Thursday 8th November 11:51 Report Comment

dale hayeswell done Ossy mate

Thursday 8th November 11:48 Report Comment

Simon HoffmanTo say Leon being called up is overdue is an understatement! So well deserved and for such a modest and classy professional.

Thursday 8th November 11:46 Report Comment

David StubbsAbout time. Congratulations Ossy. Well deserved!

Thursday 8th November 11:44 Report Comment

Robert Phillipsmagic,delighted for Ossie,well deserved.

Thursday 8th November 11:36 Report Comment

shaun standingWell done to all 3 of our lads, Just waiting for the well over due Hibbo call up :-)

Thursday 8th November 11:32 Report Comment

Stephen ColesCongrats Leon, it's about time! :D

Thursday 8th November 11:31 Report Comment

Brian KellyBrilliant news!! well deserved aswel, been brilliant lately...well done ozzie!

Thursday 8th November 11:28 Report Comment

Peter DaviesFantastic news...and about time too! Hope you get a chance to show what you can do. Good luck Ossie!

Thursday 8th November 11:27 Report Comment

Stuart Joneswell done ossie!! most under rated english player in the premier league, should have had so many more call ups. he's been in excellent form for us for ages now and thoroughly deserves it!

Thursday 8th November 11:21 Report Comment

barry wrightgreat news! nice one Ozzy

Thursday 8th November 11:20 Report Comment


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