England: Leon Osman 'never gave up hope' of playing for country

Everton midfielder Leon Osman says he "never gave up hope" on playing for England, as he prepares to win his first cap against Sweden on Wednesday.

Osman has been an influential figure during Everton's strong start to the season, and is set for his international debut at the age of 31.

Ahead of the friendly against the Swedes, Osman also believes Steven Gerrard is "a fantastic leader of men" - as the Liverpool captain hopes to shrug off an injury to claim his 100th cap for England.