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Ossie Keen To Seize England Chance

Everton midfielder wants to make the most of international chance

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Leon Osman wants to make the most of his England call-up.

Last week, Osman, 31, was called up for Wednesday's friendly against Sweden after an impressive start to the season.

He has long been touted as an international pedigree player by those who watch Everton regularly but had been ignored by a succession of England managers until Roy Hodgson selected him.

"I'd stopped looking for my name in the squad every time, but I never gave up hope," said Osman, who also revealed the unorthodox manner in which he learned of the call-up.

"We were out on the training pitch and I saw a lot of staff start to filter to the side of the pitch," he continued.

"The next thing the manager called us into a circle and announced I was in the squad. I got a big cheer from the side, lots of head ruffles and kidney punches. It was a great moment."

The Everton academy product will now give everything on Wednesday to ensure his international career can be extended.

"I seem to have developed late in the game," he reflected.

"I didn't make my debut until I was 21. And I wasn't a regular until I was 23. I've done everything late so it doesn't surprise me that I'm here now."

stephen taitGreat interview Ozzy - im sure you first cap will go the same way. How about a goal on your debut - Make it hard for them to leave you out!!

Tuesday 13th November 17:29 Report Comment

David Heathwell deserved Ozzy. You will be brilliant

Tuesday 13th November 09:25 Report Comment

keith porterwell done Ossie ... Well deserved ...... Class player.

Monday 12th November 23:12 Report Comment

Peter Williamswith a little luck you'll be late retiring too!

Monday 12th November 19:32 Report Comment

robert sizeGood lad, well deserved!

Monday 12th November 18:37 Report Comment

chris copasClass act ossie, about time u got a call up well deserved, well done lad

Monday 12th November 18:26 Report Comment

Keith Daniel RobertsWell done Ossie. You'be been my favourate player since I watched you fire that screamer past AE Larissa!!

Monday 12th November 18:07 Report Comment

gary pringgood luck ossie show what you have and what england have missed out on

Monday 12th November 17:12 Report Comment

anthony gliddonloving your work ozzy! well deserved!! and a great mo too! nice one

Monday 12th November 17:03 Report Comment


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