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Osman Starts For England

Midfielder to make debut, Baines also in starting XI.

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Everton midfielder Leon Osman will win his first England cap on Wednesday night.

The Billinge-born star has been confirmed in the starting line-up for the Three Lions' friendly against Sweden after being called-up to the senior squad for the first time last week.

Osman, 31, is one of several new faces set to win their first caps in Stockholm, with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham's Steven Caulker also included by boss Roy Hodgson.

As expected Leighton Baines will again start at left-back in place of the injured Ashley Cole, while Phil Jagielka is among the substitutes.

"He [Osman] is a very energetic player," noted Hodgson on Tuesday. "I was told he is 31 which surprises me.

"I thought 'he plays like a much younger man so let’s hope he continues to play like a much younger man and I won’t have to worry about his birth certificate'."

England XI: Hart, Johnson, Baines, Gerrard (c), Cahill, Caulker, Sterling, Osman, Welbeck, Cleverley, Young. Subs: Jenkinson, Ruddy, Bertrand, Jagielka, Shawcross, Wilshere, Huddlestone, Zaha, Sturridge, Forster.

Look out on evertonfc.com later this evening to find out how all our internationals fare.

JAMES GRIFFITHSAll the best OSSIE ! Have a good one and enjoy it. COYB

Wednesday 14th November 17:57 Report Comment

Hugh DanielsCome on Ossie! Make us proud.....see if you can bang one in for us!!!! COYB!!!!!!

Wednesday 14th November 17:43 Report Comment

Malcolm HamlingWell done Ossie ! The way you're playing, like a spring chicken, there's still time for plenty more caps. It couldn't happen to a more genuine player and person. Have a good one and enjoy yourself

Wednesday 14th November 11:30 Report Comment
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