Moyes delighted at Osman England call-up

The veteran Everton manager shares his happiness at the inclusion of the player to whom he gave a first-team debut in 2003, believing that the midfielder has "carried" his club
Everton boss David Moyes is delighted at Leon Osman's inclusion in the England squad to face San Marino and Montenegro.

The 31-year-old has never before appeared for his country in a competitive competition, only making his international debut the Three Lions' November friendly against Sweden.

Moyes feels that the Toffees midfielder has been the key to his side's success in the Premier League this campaign, noting the sizable burden that he has carried.

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"I am delighted for him because he has been one of the players who has carried us for a lot of the season, he really has," the Scot told the club's official website.

"Yes, at times he has dipped under his best, like all players will do, but so far this season he has been very good."

The 49-year-old praised Osman's attitude, the midfielder having assumed a wide range of roles for Everton over the course of the campaign.

"His performances have been excellent and he really has carried us at times," Moyes enthused. " Whatever we've asked him to do - we've asked him to do different jobs at times - he's done it, he's come up with some important goals and he's had his best season at Everton for me.

"He's been exceptional and I'm delighted he's been given another call-up by England."