England National Team Roundup: Zaha Gets Call-Up, Osman Talks about England Inclusion, Gerrard to Earn 100th Cap against Sweden

Updated: November 14, 2012

Interesting developments within the England national team have emerged in light of their friendly game against Sweden on Wednesday. Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Everton midfielder Leon Osman have earned their first call-ups, while Steven Gerrard is bound to mark his centennial appearance for the team.


Wilfried Zaha Gains Call-Up


Championship side Crystal Palace’s star Wilfried Zaha gained positive recognition when he received a call-up to represent England after five players who withdrew from the team’s upcoming friendly against Sweden left manager Rou Hodgson with vacant spots.

Zaha is the first Championship player to receive a call-up in two years since then-Cardiff City striker Jay Bothoyd in 2010. Zaha is instrumental to Palace’s rise to the top of the Championship table this season and is currently receiving signing offers from Premier League sides.


Leon Osman: “I Never Lost Hope on Getting an England Call-Up”


At age 31, Everton midfielder Leon Osman counts as one of the oldest debutants for England. Saying that he hopes “time hadn’t passed [him] by”, he said that he never lost hope playing for England, justifying his late call-up by citing his late entry as an Everton professional at age 21.

Osman is one of Everton’s prominent figures that brought them to their impressive form this season. The blue Merseyside outfit has only lost one of their eleven games and are currently in fourth place of the league table.


Steven Gerrard to Mark 100th Cap


England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is set to make his 100th cap for the national team when they face Sweden in Wednesday’s friendly. Such will make him the country’s sixth player to mark a national team centennial appearance.

Gerrard previously faced the prospect of not making the national squad on Wednesday due to a knee injury he sustained while playing Chelsea in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw. Doctors deemed him fit to play against Sweden after finding no heavy damage.