Young Lion dealt cruel blow after Premier League clash.
Recent England Under-21 call-up, Dan Gosling, has been sidelined for up to nine months after picking up a knee injury against Wolves.
The Everton midfielder came on as a late substitute in the Premier League match-up at Molineux last week and clashed with Wolves goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann as he tried to provide the Toffees with a winning goal. A scan after the game confirmed the extent of the damage.
"Our worst fears have been confirmed," physio Mick Rathbone told evertonfc.com
. "Dan has ruptured his cruciate ligament and will unfortunately be out for up to nine months."
The 20-year-old has started to make quite an impact at Goodison Park, making 17 appearances this season and receiving his first call-up from Young Lions coach Stuart Pearce against Portugal in November 2009. He went on to win his second cap in the 2-1 defeat to Greece in March.
"I'm really disappointed for Dan," said David Moyes. "He's been making great progress here at Everton and we look forward to having him back as soon as possible."
The next England Under-21s fixtures are in September, when they face Portugal and Lithuania in their crucial, final 2011 European Championship qualifiers.