The Toffees stalwart was announced as part of Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for Wednesday's friendly clash with Sweden in Stockholm.
And, while international recognition has been a long time coming for the midfielder, he insists that he was not shocked upon hearing the news.
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"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.
"I'd stopped looking for my name in the squad every time but I never gave up hope.”
The Wigan-born playmaker went on to describe the moment when Everton manager David Moyes broke the news to the team.
"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."