Leon Osman Named In England Squad For Sweden Friendly

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Leon Osman has received his first ever England call-up at the age of 31 for next Wednesday's friendly away to Sweden in Stockholm.

Osman, a former England schoolboy, is the only new face in the 23-man party having excelled for Everton in the Premier League this season.

The Wigan-born midfielder has been with the Toffees for the entirety of his career and has made 313 appearances for the club, scoring 45 goals.

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Osman has scored three goals this season

Jack Wilshere has returned to the Three Lions fold after playing three first-team games for Arsenal over the last fortnight. The 20-year-old last played for England in the 2-2 Euro 2012 qualifying draw at home to Switzerland in June 2011.

Liverpool's young duo Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey also receive their first immediate call-ups having previously been called into Hodgson's squad as replacements this campaign.

Next week's match is the official opening of the new Friends Arena in the Swedish capital.

England squad:

Goalkeepers
Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich City).

Defenders
Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Steven Caulker (Tottenham Hotspur), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur), Leon Osman (Everton), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Forwards
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

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