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David Platt says Manchester City will fight until the end

We'll fight until the end, insists defiant City No 2 Platt despite United dominance

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Andy Hampson, Press Association

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14:02 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 18 March 2013

Manchester City have vowed to fight to the end but only the most optimistic supporter would back them to retain their title now.

The champions have fallen a near-insurmountable 15 points behind rivals Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League with just nine games remaining.

The latest blow came at Goodison Park as City were once again outplayed by their bogey side Everton, losing 2-0 after goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic.

Over the rainbow: David Platt says Manchester City will not give in

Over the rainbow: David Platt says Manchester City will not give in

City still play United next month but the objectives may be to salvage pride, delay the inevitable crowning of their neighbours and score a psychological blow ahead of a potential FA Cup semi-final meeting.

First-team coach David Platt said: 'Our intention is to win football matches, full stop.

'It doesn't change anything for us between now and the end of the season.

'Every game we go into we have a focus and a professionalism to try to win it. That is what we try to do, to ensure we finish as high up the table as we possibly can and to try to ensure we win the FA Cup.'

A week ago City produced one of their best performances of the season as they crushed Barnsley in the FA Cup quarter-finals. On the same day Everton crashed to an unsettling 3-0 loss to Wigan in the same competition.

The difference in both sides yesterday was considerable as Everton produced a display full of commitment and a determination to make amends.

City failed to compete with Everton's enthusiasm and were fortunate Kevin Mirallas had already had a goal harshly disallowed before Osman struck his superb opener after 32 minutes.

The visitors had chances to equalise, most notably when Jan Mucha denied James Milner and Pablo Zabaleta in the second half and they could have had a penalty late on. Marouane Fellaini was penalised for handling a Carlos Tevez shot but despite the Belgian being inside the area, a free-kick was awarded outside.

Denied: Carlos Tevez's strike was handled in the box by Marouane Fellaini (not pictured)

Denied: Carlos Tevez's strike was handled in the box by Marouane Fellaini (not pictured)

But Everton deservedly held out and they wrapped up the win in injury time as Fellaini broke clear and set up Jelavic.

It was City's sixth defeat by Everton in eight meetings and a fourth successive loss at Goodison since Roberto Mancini took charge.

Everton may have done City a huge favour by holding United in last season's run-in, but they still remain a huge thorn in their side.

With Mancini 'a bit angry' after the game, Platt said: 'It is never an easy place to come. You know you are going to get worked and the crowd are going to be up for it. You are always under a certain amount of pressure.'

City's prospects suffered before the game when talisman Yaya Toure was forced to pull out through illness.

Struggle: Roberto Mancini's only chance of silverware this season if the FA cup

Struggle: Roberto Mancini's only chance of silverware this season if the FA cup

He was sorely missed, as were injured duo Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero, but Platt offered no excuses.

Platt said: 'It doesn't help but that is what we have a squad for, people come in.

'We have got a little run of injuries and we lost Yaya on the eve of the game with migraine.

'We were without key players but that is the way it is.

'That is why we carry a squad, that is why everybody is capable of playing at this club. We have to get on with it.'

LIVE: Watch England"s Player of the Year awards from St George"s Park

LIVE: Watch England's Player of the Year awards from St George's Park here

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21:40 GMT, 3 February 2013

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22:06 GMT, 3 February 2013

Sportsmail's finest awarded

Our very own Matt Lawton picked up the Brian Woolnough award for best England writer. Read about it HERE

Who will win England's Player of the Year award Follow the action live here with Sportsmail.

Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole Glen Johnson, Joe Hart and Danny Welbeck are the five men in with a chance of winning it.

Awards already issued tonight are England's Young Player of the year, U21 Player of the Year and Team of the Year. Find out who won below.

Here to watch: Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka

Here to watch: Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka


Brian Woolnough Writer's Award: Matt Lawton (Daily Mail)

Matt Lawton

England U21 Player of the Year: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Jordan Henderson

2. Martin Kelly (Liverpool)

3. Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United)

England Men's Youth Player of the Year: Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)

Nathaniel Chalobah

2. Will Hughes (Derby)

3. John Lundstram (Everton)

Club England Team of the Year: England Women

England Women

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Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Match report

Cheltenham 1 Everton 5: Blues cruise into fourth round with comfortable win at Abbey Business Stadium

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21:36 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 7 January 2013

Everton avoided an FA Cup third round upset in Gloucestershire as they eased past League Two high-flyers Cheltenham on Monday.

Nikica Jelavic opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he pounced on Marouane Fellaini's rebounded effort and Leighton Baines converted a penalty shortly after as the Premier League side led 2-0 at half-time.

Leon Osman made it 3-0 within minutes of the restart before Russell Penn pulled one back for Cheltenham.

But Seamus Coleman restored the three-goal cushion moments later and Fellaini rounded off the scoring just before the end as Victor Anichebe provided assists for both goals.

Everton will travel to either Bolton or Sunderland in the fourth round at the end of January.

More to follow

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Opener: Jelavic scored Everton's first goal in the 12th minute

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Composed: Baines scored a penalty to double Everton's lead

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Easy: Osman added a third for the Premier League side just after half-time

Osman scored the third goal

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Hope: Penn pulled a goal back for Cheltenham to reduce their arrears to 3-1

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

Rout: Coleman scored Everton's fourth goal to restore their three-goal cushion

MATCH FACTS:

Cheltenham: Brown, Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Jones, McGlashan (Deering 80), Pack, Carter (Taylor 66), Mohamed, Penn, Goulding (Duffy 66).

Subs not used: Roberts, Lowe, Hooman, Harrad.

Goal: Penn 51.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines (Gueye 63), Neville, Osman (Naismith 68), Anichebe, Fellaini, Oviedo, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 80).

Subs not used: Mucha, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Jelavic 12, Baines (pen) 21, Osman 49, Coleman 58, Fellaini 89.

Att: 6,891

Referee: Kevin Friend

Leon Osman proved he was international class for England – Mersey Beat

After years in the shadows, Osman finally emerged to prove his international class

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15:51 GMT, 16 November 2012

It was a game he will remember forever more. A capacity crowd, a sparkling new stadium and a goal fit to grace any occasion.

But while the world and his wife were left speaking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic following the staggering strike on Wednesday evening, Leon Osman was able to come away from England’s contest with Sweden feeling equally content.

Of course, the Everton midfielder’s efforts were not as spectacular, or as game-changing, as the enigmatic Ibrahimovic but, in his own, understated way, Osman proved a point in Stockholm’s twinkling new Friends Arena.

Stepping up: Leon Osman eased into the England team against Sweden

Stepping up: Leon Osman eased into the England team against Sweden

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Many had wondered why, at the age of 31, Roy Hodgson had called Osman into his squad. This is a transitional period for the national team and the emphasis is on blooding new, young players who will potentially be the mainstays for major tournaments in 2018 and 2020.

Good footballers, however, never go out of fashion, not matter how old they are. And, that, in a nutshell is precisely what Osman showed on Wednesday night. Dovetailing well with Steven Gerrard, Osman kept England’s engine room ticking over with his assured range of passing.

Those who have been watching him over the last two years will not have been surprised that he fitted in so neatly but to see him make a contribution to the best football England have played under Roy Hodgson was nonetheless so pleasing.

‘We were all genuinely made up when we heard that he had been picked,’ said Leighton Baines, Osman’s Everton colleague and a man whose performances mean that Ashley Cole has genuine competition for his left-back spot.

‘The manager (David Moyes) had pulled me and Jags (Phil Jagielka) before he got everyone together to say he’d heard there was a chance Ossie had been called up but he didn’t want to say too much in case it never worked out.

‘But when he called us around to tell us, everyone was over the moon for him. It’s brilliant and fully deserved. He has had to wait a long time for this and some people will be wondering why he has been called up but he is a footballer’s footballer.

Fitting right in: Osman did not look out of place on England duty

Fitting right in: Osman did not look out of place on England duty

‘He’s so skilful and his passing is brilliant. He has got goals in him too. He has definitely got the talent to stay in the squad and he is someone who won’t look out of place. He doesn’t get lots of headlines but footballers and people within the game appreciate the role he plays and the things he does.’

That may be true but there is a feeling that Osman would have made his England debut long before Wednesday night, had he played for a more 'fashionable' club. This is not being detrimental to Everton. Far from it.

Yet there are players who have played for southern based sides in recent years that have lacked Osman’s technical and tactical proficiencies. Put it another way, had he spent his career at Tottenham, say, he would not be one of England’s oldest debutants.

Stuck at the Toffees: Everton have enjoyed Osman's talents for years

Stuck at the Toffees: Everton have enjoyed Osman's talents for years

Encouragingly, though, there are signs from Roy Hodgson that Osman will not join the ranks of players such as Mark Walters, Kevin Richardson, Michael Ricketts and David Nugent, who wore Three Lions on their chest once but never again.

‘It’s very good for me to know that a player like Osman, someone I’ve thought a lot of for a number of years since coming back to English football, can be brought in relatively late in his career and do the job he did,’ mused Hodgson.

‘The next time I put a squad together I can’t make guarantees but one thing is for sure: I believed in him and gave him a chance and he took the chance. He’s certainly a name we will be discussing very seriously the next time we get together.’

And there, if Osman needed any, was the proof he could be comfortable being referred to as an international class footballer.

Roy Hodgson plans England future

Roy has big plans for Smalling as Hodgson plots England's future

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22:30 GMT, 15 November 2012

Roy Hodgson bid farewell to his England players and will spend the next three months toying with names, combinations and tactical ploys while praying everyone stays fit and in form.

It is the lot of the international manager, all the more so when your pool of elite talent is a little on the shallow side and you’ve already dropped four points in qualification.

Hodgson cannot dare to think he might fail to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil in two years’ time and a qualifier against Group H leaders Montenegro in March already looms large.

Ton up: Roy Hodgson with new England centurion Steven Gerrard

Ton up: Roy Hodgson with new England centurion Steven Gerrard

Last year, when England visited the tiny Balkan republic for a Euro 2012 qualifier they managed just a draw after Wayne Rooney was sent off.

A similar outcome will be a serious blow to the current campaign but, after six months in charge, Hodgson reacted with defiance to a 4-2 defeat in Sweden.

‘I’m in a much better position when it comes to assessing players and knowing what I can get out of an England team than I was when I came into the job and straight off to the Euros,’ he said.

‘That was quite a conservative group we took there. If anything, we have become a lot less conservative and I think the players have responded very positively.’

Hodgson has called up 48 different players since taking control in May and has capped all but four.

One to watch: Chris Smalling is highly rated by England boss Hodgson

One to watch: Chris Smalling is highly rated by England boss Hodgson

Of six debutants in Stockholm, he singled out Leon Osman for praise and name-checked Chris Smalling, one of the players he has not been able to select because of injury but who returned for Manchester United last week.

‘There’s a lot of top-class talent coming back,’ said Hodgson. ‘There’s a boy at Manchester United called Smalling, who I’ve always thought is going to be a top-class centre half.’

The mere mention of Smalling, who Hodgson signed from non-League when he was Fulham boss and sold to Manchester United two years later, hints at concerns about central defence.

Smalling is only 22 and has played fewer than 50 games in the Barclays Premier League but the England manager has faith in youngsters, such as 17-year-old Raheem Sterling, who has been described by Steven Gerrard as a ‘phenomenal talent’.

Starlet: Raheem Sterling impressed on his England debut against Swansea

Starlet: Raheem Sterling impressed on his England debut against Swansea

Hodgson added: ‘In the past we seem to have been reliant on a group of players who had to play at all times and there’s not been a lot of support. Now there’s more competition and more help for the Gerrards and Rooneys.’

Rooney missed the Sweden game with an injury but Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s heroics prompted questions of how to coax more from England’s talisman.

‘We know the ability he has,’ said Hodgson. ‘But if he doesn’t have a good game a lot of questions are asked of him. That’s the responsibility he bears. Steven Gerrard has the same responsibility.’

Hodgson will select his next squad for a friendly against Brazil at Wembley in February before qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, both away.

He has ruled out the idea of playing Sterling and Wilfried Zaha against San Marino in order to pin their futures to England.

Sterling was born in Jamaica and Crystal Palace’s Zaha, 20, was born in the Ivory Coast. Both made their England debut on Wednesday but can still change their minds about their allegiance because the game was a non-competitive friendly.

Wilfired Zaha and Raheem Sterling must be committed to England, says Roy Hodgson

Commit to England cause or it's on your bike, says Hodgson as Three Lions boss issues fierce warning to Zaha and Sterling

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23:08 GMT, 13 November 2012

Roy Hodgson has warned Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha that unless they commit to England he will pick players who are prepared to ‘cycle to training’ with senior stars.

Hodgson revealed here that he will hand international debuts to Sterling, Steven Caulker and Leon Osman against Sweden this evening, but he wants assurances from Sterling, Zaha and Carl Jenkinson that they see their future with his team.

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Centre of attention: England's Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

Centre of attention: Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm

Plenty to ponder: Zaha must choose between representing England or the Ivory Coast

Plenty to ponder: Zaha must choose between representing England or the Ivory Coast

The England manager was in combative
mood on the eve of the match, insisting that the trio – all eligible to
play for other countries – should feel honoured to receive his call.

Zaha has said he is torn between
playing for England and Ivory Coast after receiving a telephone call
from Didier Drogba, while Sterling could play for Jamaica and Jenkinson
for Finland.

Debut delight: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling trains with the England squad on Tuesday

Debut delight: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling trains with the England squad on Tuesday

But Hodgson said: 'When people are
called up I expect them to come running, get on a bicycle and cycle to
the training session if they have to. Then they shake hands with
everyone and tell everyone how happy they are to be there.

'All this nonsense about players
receiving phone calls and being enticed away… if they are going to be
enticed away, they will be enticed away. But if they are being enticed
away they are not the right player for us.

In focus: Zaha trains alongside Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross

In focus: Zaha trains alongside Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone and Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and, below, the boot he will wear against Sweden should he feature on Wednesday

Wilfried Zaha's boot

'To be asked to play for England is a major honour and a major feather in people's caps.

'I am not interested in people who
are deciding whether England is where they want to be or whether they
want to be somewhere else.

'I made it clear to Zaha that I am inviting him because I expect him to be an England player.

Training day: England's players are put through their paces ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Sweden

Training day: England's players are put through their paces ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Sweden

Grand opening: Wednesday's friendly takes place at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm

Grand opening: Wednesday's friendly takes place at the new Friends Arena in Stockholm

'If you are not sure you want to be an England player then you are better off telling me and I will pick someone else.

'We don't stand or fall on you. We
have chosen you because we think you are a good one. 'If our national
team and the chance to play for them is not a strong enough motivation
for players, they are not the type we want anyway.

Waiting game: Carl Jenkinson (far R) is awaiting international clearance, England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed

Waiting game: Jenkinson is awaiting international clearance, England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed

'I have spoken to Sterling and Zaha.
Both have assured me that they have started with England and that's
where they want to end up. Let's wait and see.'

England's clash with Sweden is
classified by FIFA as a non-competitive fixture and therefore a player
will not be tied to the Three Lions if they make their debut on
Wednesday night.

Good to talk: Hodgson is looking forward to Wednesday's clash in Stockholm

Good to talk: Hodgson is looking forward to Wednesday's clash in Stockholm

That applies to Liverpool winger
Sterling but Zaha, the Crystal Palace star who was called into the squad
on Sunday, and Arsenal defender Jenkinson, who is expected to receive
international clearance this morning, could also feature.

Jenkinson's team-mate Jack Wilshere
will be on the bench but the midfielder could play a part despite just
226 minutes for Arsene Wenger's side after a 17-month layoff.

Hodgson added: 'It is ridiculous to suggest Jack is not available for England and Arsene understands that too.'

VIDEO: Hodgson talks about his team selection and praises Gerrard

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David Moyes admits relief at Everton win

Moyes admits relief as O'Neill groans: We should have been out of sight

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18:24 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admitted he did not think he would mark his 400th Premier League match with a victory but was not surprised by side's late turnaround.

Trailing to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time the Toffees struck twice in quick succession through Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic to clinch three points with 11 minutes to go.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It was Everton's first win in five
matches, keeping them in the top four, and ensured Moyes could end a
landmark game with a smile.

'I thought it was going to be one of
those days. It didn't look as if it was coming,' said the Scot. 'I
thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland – but that was not for us not
trying to keep knocking at the door.

'In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it.

'I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down.

'If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust.

'We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play.

'We needed something because
Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and
they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score.

'I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind.

'Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit.'

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Sunderland were eventually unpicked
by the vision of Leon Osman and Fellaini. Osman, who received his first
England call-up at the age of 31 this week, twice linked up with
Fellaini, who turned and shot for the first before playing a cheeky
backheel through the legs of John O'Shea for Jelavic to score.

Asked whether Osman warranted a start
against Sweden on Wednesday Moyes said: 'Roy Hodgson picks that team. It is hard enough picking this Everton team without picking Roy's
team.'

The one downside to the afternoon was
an injury to Kevin Mirallas, probably Everton's best player in the
first half hour, which forced the Belgium international off.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

'It looks like he has a bit of a
hamstring injury and it was a miss because we were a bit stodgy after
that, we didn't flow as nicely as we had done,' added the Toffees boss.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill,
who thought his side would end their 11-year win-less run against
Everton, was frustrated with the result.

'We should have been out of sight at
half-time. Instead of being one up we should have been three up,' he
said. 'Having said that, the players played brilliantly away from home
against a side who have a great chance of being in the Champions League.

'It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.

'We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous.

'The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed.'

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

David Moyes hopes Leon Osman wins first England cap

Moyes calls on Hodgson to make Ossie's England dream come true

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01:36 GMT, 10 November 2012

David Moyes has urged Roy Hodgson to complete Leon Osman’s fairytale call up to the England squad by giving him his first cap against Sweden.

Osman’s inclusion in the party that travels to Stockholm next week was greeted with surprise in some quarters but Moyes says there has not been a more deserving footballer to receive the ultimate recognition.

The 31-year-old has been an influential figure for Everton this season and Moyes, whose side face Sunderland at Goodison Park, said: ‘The competition to play in central midfield and other midfield positions for England has been difficult. I hope he gets a chance to get a cap.

Dreamland: Leon Osman is in line to make his England debut against Sweden

Dreamland: Leon Osman is in line to make his England debut against Sweden

'It will be recognition for someone who has been a really good professional, worked hard at his game and been a regular for Everton for 10 years. He is someone who might not get many caps. That’s why I hope he gets this one.

'Ossie will help make England play. He will try to make passes and get people on the ball and maybe England are looking for players who can do that. A lot depends on how you’re club is doing. If they are doing well then it improves your chances of getting into the international team.’

Moyes was thrilled to be able to tell his squad that Osman had been called up on Thursday afternoon and there was genuine delight on the training fields at the club’s Finch Farm headquarters when the manager made his announcement.

Chance to shine: Osman has had to wait for his England chance but it has come at the age of 31

Chance to shine: Osman has had to wait for his England chance but it has come at the age of 31

Predictably, though, Osman – who is regarded as the joker in Everton’s dressing room – has subsequently had to endure his fair share of ribbing from the rest of the squad, with many telling him “he’s already changed”.

On a serious note, however, Moyes believes Roy Hodgson’s decision to take a belated look at a player whose professional career almost never got off the ground because of a serious cruciate ligament injury vindicates all his hard work.

'I’ve been asked many times in the past about Ossie and England and I’ve always said that I thought he was just going to miss out,' said Moyes. ’I hope he gets a chance to get a cap. It will be recognition for someone who has been a really good professional and worked hard at his game.

True blue: Osman has been a key man in Everton's midfield for a number of years

True blue: Osman has been a key man in Everton's midfield for a number of years

'He has been a regular for Everton for 10 years. He is someone who might not get many caps. That’s why I hope he gets one. There hasn’t been a more deserving player to win a cap, in my view. He was embarrassed on when we told him he had been called up and you can imagine the ribbing he got.

'Behind that embarrassment though you can see he is extremely proud and his family are no doubt delighted. I hope it will kick him on again. He played great for us last week (at Fulham). I hope he gets a chance to somehow earn a cap.'

Moyes, who also has Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka in Hodgson's squad, is now considering flying to Stockholm for the game.

'I went to see Wayne (Rooney’s) first (full) game (for England) up at Sunderland,' said Moyes. 'Will I go to see Ossie’s first I might do. But we at Everton would all feel good to see Ossie play.'

Joe Cole watch: How Liverpool flop became a diddy man

He's just an ordinary Joe: How Liverpool's Cole became a diddy man

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10:14 GMT, 9 November 2012

Just before half time and Joe Cole was already trending on Twitter. Strange that, because he hadn't done very much. That’s the point.

Sean Lawrence, an Everton supporter, sent this verdict to his followers (@SeanyBoyoEFC). ‘Contrasts – 31 year old Leon Osman receives his first England call up today. Meanwhile its Joe Cole's 31st Birthday and his careers dead!’

Poor Joe. Even being ordinary is news now.

Head in hands: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (centre) reflects on a tough night after being hauled off

Head in hands: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (centre) reflects on a tough night after being hauled off

This was his first performance since being substituted and criticised by Brendan Rodgers for a lacklustre display against Swansea in the Capital One Cup. At least he lasted beyond 45 minutes this time.

He was in and out of this first half, occasionally getting to the ball, occasionally keeping it, occasionally looking like the player we remember.

Falling down: Joe Cole hits the floor as he fights for the ball with Anzhi Makhachkala's Joao Carlos

Falling down: Joe Cole hits the floor as he fights for the ball with Anzhi Makhachkala's Joao Carlos

He even had a header on goal, which bounced wide.

Up to then, playing just off the front line in a Liverpool team packed with reserves – which is why he got a starting place – the old Chelsea and West Ham No 10 couldn’t really get into the game.

But nor could Samuel Eto’o, until one driving run brought a spectacular save from Brad Jones.

Jonjo Shelvey is the precocious talent Joe Cole used to be. He gets on the ball, sprays a lovely weighted pass and sets the play. Liverpool, who could afford to lose last night (another reason Cole got a starting place) deserved to be level, but fell behind on the stroke of half time, which is how the game ended.

Diddy man: Cole shares his birthday with Ken Dodd

Diddy man: Cole shares his birthday with Ken Dodd

Not that Cole got to see out the whole 90 minutes as Brendan Rodgers opted to replace him after 76 minutes with Oussama Assaidi.

Back to Twitter, where Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) told his followers: ‘If it's your birthday you share it with Martin Peters, Alan Curbishley, Joe Cole, Aaron Hughes, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Bret Lee and Ken Dodd.’ So it’s not all bad news for Joe. He gets to share a birthday with the man responsible for Liverpool’s diddy men.

Unfortunately, that’s what Cole has become.

How Joe Cole became a diddy man

He's just an ordinary Joe: How Liverpool's Cole became a diddy man

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21:02 GMT, 8 November 2012

Just before half time and Joe Cole was already trending on Twitter. Strange that, because he hadn't done very much. That’s the point.

Sean Lawrence, an Everton supporter, sent this verdict to his followers (@SeanyBoyoEFC). ‘Contrasts – 31 year old Leon Osman receives his first England call up today. Meanwhile its Joe Cole's 31st Birthday and his careers dead!’

Poor Joe. Even being ordinary is news now.

Head in hands: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (centre) reflects on a tough night after being hauled off

Head in hands: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole (centre) reflects on a tough night after being hauled off

This was his first performance since being substituted and criticised by Brendan Rodgers for a lacklustre display against Swansea in the Capital One Cup. At least he lasted beyond 45 minutes this time.

He was in and out of this first half, occasionally getting to the ball, occasionally keeping it, occasionally looking like the player we remember.

Falling down: Joe Cole hits the floor as he fights for the ball with Anzhi Makhachkala's Joao Carlos

Falling down: Joe Cole hits the floor as he fights for the ball with Anzhi Makhachkala's Joao Carlos

He even had a header on goal, which bounced wide.

Up to then, playing just off the front line in a Liverpool team packed with reserves – which is why he got a starting place – the old Chelsea and West Ham No 10 couldn’t really get into the game.

But nor could Samuel Eto’o, until one driving run brought a spectacular save from Brad Jones.

Jonjo Shelvey is the precocious talent Joe Cole used to be. He gets on the ball, sprays a lovely weighted pass and sets the play. Liverpool, who could afford to lose last night (another reason Cole got a starting place) deserved to be level, but fell behind on the stroke of half time, which is how the game ended.

Diddy man: Cole shares his birthday with Ken Dodd

Diddy man: Cole shares his birthday with Ken Dodd

Not that Cole got to see out the whole 90 minutes as Brendan Rodgers opted to replace him after 76 minutes and replaced by Oussama Assaidi.

Back to Twitter, where Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) told his followers: ‘If it's your birthday you share it with Martin Peters, Alan Curbishley, Joe Cole, Aaron Hughes, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Bret Lee and Ken Dodd.’ So it’s not all bad news for Joe. He gets to share a birthday with the man responsible for Liverpool’s diddy men.

Unfortunately, that’s what Cole has become.