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Osman to be missed as Toffees' chief joker

LEON Osman has a funny feeling his presence will be missed amongst Everton's non-international 'Famous Five'.

Normally during international weeks, Osman remains at Finch Farm, along with the other members of David Moyes' squad not required by their respective countries.

Osman is the joker in that particular pack.

However, today the 31-year-old will fly to Stockholm, hopefully to make his England debut against Sweden on Wednesday.

And the midfielder knows where he would prefer to be.

"There's usually five us left behind there," said Osman of his normal international week experience.

"Me, Phil Neville, Sylvain Distain, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar, who has retired from international football now.

"There's not much you can do. It's usually running. I'm sure they will miss me. I'm the lively one.

"But I'm a lot happier to be here I can tell you."

Osman's chances of starting at the Friends Arena have been adversely affected by confirmation that skipper Steven Gerrard will be available.

Gerrard was sent for a precautionary scan on the blow he suffered to his knee in Liverpool's draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

The midfielder appeared relaxed about the prospect at England's team hotel yesterday afternoon and subsequent scan results have justified such a stance, meaning he will become the sixth Three Lions player to reach 100 caps.

"It's a great achievement to get to where he has got in the game and hopefully making his 100th cap," said Osman.

"We've played against each other for Liverpool and Everton since we were young kids.

"I know the qualities he brings to the game: determination, desire to win, passing.

"It's difficult to play against him, so it would be a delight to play with him I am sure."


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