The Everton midfielder insists that he never gave up hope of representing his country and recalls the moment when David Moyes notified him of the summons during training
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."