David Moyes: Brilliant Leon Osman 'carrying Everton' this season
Leon Osman deserves his place in the England squad after carrying Everton this season, according to his manager.
Last Updated: 21/03/13 5:12pm
The 31-year-old was among six players to win a first international cap in November's 4-2 defeat to Sweden and, of those, only Osman and Steven Caulker were named in Roy Hodgson's latest squad.
And, according to David Moyes, the midfielder's continued involvement is just reward for his best season in an Everton shirt.
"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," Moyes 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.
"It's good that Roy's continued to pick him because he was first picked at a time when he was really in top form but it's been tough for Leon because for a lot of the season he's been the one who's carried the team.
"His performances have been excellent. 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.
"Ossie, if you were being fair, would probably be the one who, if anyone, could probably do with a week off just now because he's played all the games.
"He's been doing all the fetching and carrying for the team and he's taken a lot of the burden in terms of responsibility this season. We just hope he can keep that going for another couple of months."