The French defender has never been capped by his country despite a 12-year top-class career at clubs such as Paris St Germain, Manchester City and Everton. And with Osman again being overlooked by England manager Roy Hodgson for his latest squad – while Tom Cleverley was included after just four Premier League experiences and uncapped Liverpool rookie Jonjo Shelvey was also called-up – Distin admits his team-mate can do little more to gain recognition. Osman has scored twice in eight games for the Blues so far this season as they have climbed into the top four, but Distin insists his 31-year-old team-mate must remain philosophical. He said:
“In football it’s a case of one guy deciding if you play or not. Tomorrow it can be a new manager and you go from being on the bench to being captain. Maybe they just don’t like the way you play or simply prefer another player.
“All Ossie can do is keep doing what he has done so far and keep working hard and his chance might come – but there’s a lot of things in football that you can’t and never will be able to control. You can often wonder
“Why him – not me?” but there’s no point wasting your time thinking about it.
“The most important thing is what you’re doing at this club and having a good career. We all want to play for our country but sometimes we’re not in the right time or the right place, and you just have to make sure you don’t have any regrets.”
Osman has previously admitted he still holds out hope for a taste of international football, saying last month:
“I wouldn’t say I have accepted getting called up for England is going to elude me just as I wouldn’t say I was disappointed that a young lad got called up.
“It is what it is. I am an Everton player and try and give my best for them and if I was to ever get called up then that would be great.”