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Osman deserves England call-up: Moyes

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 22 Apr 2011

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Everton manager David Moyes believes an England call-up would be long overdue recognition for low-profile midfielder Leon Osman.

The Merseyside club have recovered from a slow start to reach seventh in the English Premier League table, with Osman one of the most consistent performers at Goodison Park this season.

The 29-year-old has been a mainstay in the Everton first team from 2004 onwards, but has never gained international recognition for his efforts.

That could be set to change, with England coach Fabio Capello reportedly considering Osman for his next European Championship qualifying squad.

“Well, that would be great if they are (looking at Osman),” Moyes said.

“I think that he’s sort of one that’s underneath since I’ve been here – he’s never just quite made the extra little bit, maybe to get involved with the England squad, but if that’s right that would be great.”

“He’s been a really good player for us.”

Osman joined Everton as a youth player in 1997, making his first-team debut at the end of the 2003/04 campaign, Moyes’ second full season in charge.

“He’s been a big part since I’ve come here, not just the recent form,” Moyes said.

“He’s been very much right in there, doing as well as most people. He doesn’t maybe get the recognition or the plaudits he deserves a lot of the time.”

“He’s suffered a little bit with injuries in recent years, little bits at times that he’s been out, but overall he’s been an excellent player who we can rely on, we trust him and he’s done a really good job since I’ve been here.”

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