England boss Hodgson reveals admiration for Everton midfielder Osman

Roy Hodgson has spoken of his admiration for Everton midfielder Leon Osman after naming the 31-year-old in the England squad for the first time, the Guardian has reported.

Osman has been a regular fixture in David Moyes’ side at club level for almost a decade but has never had senior international recognition. The last time Osman featured for his country was at Under-15 level but Hodgson has rewarded Osman’s good form in Everton’s strong start to the season with a place among the party due to travel to play Sweden next week.

Osman would be one of the oldest Everton players to debut for England and the oldest player Hodgson has awarded a first cap, although he is not the oldest player to make his debut for England in recent years. That honour goes to Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies, who was 33 when he won his first and only international cap in 2010.

Hodgson said: “[Osman is] a player I’ve admired since I came back to Fulham five years ago. He’s always done extremely well whenever I’ve played Everton or watched Everton. Of course, he’s faced great competition in the position that he plays, but on this occasion we’ve got the opportunity and the space to bring Leon into the team.

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