New ‘old’ boy Osman delighted to leave the Famous Five behind

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SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Cole Osman was buzzing when he returned home from a school trip - little did he know his day was about to get even better.

Roy Hodgson had picked his squad for England’s friendly with Sweden tomorrow. And there was a very familiar name in it.

“When he came back I sat him down, put the TV on and saw the confused look on his face,” said his dad, Everton midfielder Leon. “I said ’that’s OUR name, you know’. When he realised he was absolutely made up. Watching matches, he is usually right next to the telly trying to head them in. I’m sure he’ll be allowed to stay up late.”

Having a father who has made 300 appearances for Everton is one thing. Clearly, having one get picked for England for the first time, at the ripe old age of 31, is quite another.

“It was a great moment,” said Osman, who had been subject to some good-natured taunting at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground earlier in the day when David Moyes had ordered his squad to gather round to hear the good news. The Famous Five was being split up.

“There’s usually five us left behind there,” said Osman of his normal international week experience.

“Me, Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, 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.

“Roy said he had admired me for a few years and thought it was time to get me into the squad,” said Osman.