Reid On...Ossie's England Bow
Blues legend praises Osman's Sweden showing and THAT goal.
Like plenty of Evertonians I was a very interested to see how Leon Osman got on for England this week.
I thought he did well. I didn't think he looked nervous, I thought he linked up well with Steven Gerrard and Tom Cleverley in midfield and passed the ball around well. He used his experience to come up with some interceptions and he showed a lot of energy. I don't think he did his case any harm.
I know he's 31 and England are, perhaps, looking for younger players to come through but I do think Leon has given Roy Hodgson a headache because his overall play was very good. Around the box he was bright. He has certainly given the England boss something to think about, which is one of your priorities when you make your debut.
Ossie's call-up may have raised some eyebrows but not among Everton supporters. I got my first cap at the age of 29 and was lucky enough to play in the World Cup in 1986. I think if you play well you will get recognition. If you play well for your club, then play well for your country like Leon did, even in a friendly, you don't do your cause any harm, that's for sure.
THE BEST GOAL EVER?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal is getting plenty of coverage and it was certainly some strike. I thought that Joe Hart made the wrong decision in coming out, but in terms of technical ability and athleticism, it was a fantastic goal and he had a fantastic game throughout.
I have to take issue with some descriptions of the goal though. I wouldn't say it was the greatest goal of all time, it was not up there with Maradona's goal in the World Cup or Van Basten's volley.
For me the greatest goal was Carlos Alberto's for Brazil in 1970. That was a good move, plenty of passing and plenty of possession.
BLUES NEED WINNING MENTALITY
The international game is out of the way now though, and it's back to the Premier League for Everton. I was at the game on Saturday and, if I am honest, I thought Sunderland were a bit unlucky. They had a few chances early on which they didn't take but Everton showed great resilience coming back from behind - again. Marouane Fellaini was excellent, his goal was a fantastic shot through the legs of O'Shea and then that little flick to Jelavic was fabulous.
I didn't think the Croat had his best game but he is a natural finisher who is always on the move in the box and he produced another fantastic finish. In many ways, it shows the signs of a really good side; even though Everton were not at their best, they are digging results out. It is impossible to play well every week but if you look at the current Everton side and David Moyes' sides from seasons gone by, they have always been well organised and hard to beat. I believe they have goals in them, the fans believe that and more importantly the manager and the players believe that too.
If I am honest, I didn't think Jelavic was great against Sunderland but he does have a goal in him. He is always looking to get in the box and he is always looking to link up the play. The thing I like most about him, is that he always seems to get chances, which is the hallmark of a really good striker. The really great strikers aren't afraid of missing, which is something that he has in his locker.
Everton now face Reading, a side fighting for points at the bottom of the league and it will be a very difficult game. Every game is hard but I think David and the lads will be looking for three points down there.