After a recurring sight of seeing Wolves’ bright young winger impress the Molineux faithful, it seems no surprise to most he has recently been linked with a possible inclusion in the England squad for the France game.
The quick, intelligent winger started his career at Gillingham where he repeatedly frightened English Championship and League One defenses with the constant threat he posed with pace no defense could handle, and now, his performances are shortly becoming reminiscent of his performances as a young talent in the lower leagues.
As a Gills player, Gillingham chairman Paul Scally stated he felt Matt Jarvis would achieve an England cap by the age of 24 and this appears an accurate prediction with football pundits and experts alike, expecting Jarvis to make the squad.
Mick McCarthy has not hidden away from expressing his joy of Jarvis’s performances in the games against Man United in the Carling cup and also in the 2-1 victory over Man city in the weekend and stated he felt “there aren’t many better wingers around”.
Rumors are also circling that Franco Baldini (England’s assistant manager) has shown great interest in Jarvis which inevitably raises his chances of being included in the England set up on November 17th at Wembley. This rumor has been confirmed by McCarthy who told the press:
“I sat next to Franco Baldini on Saturday and he spoke very highly of him.”
Since moving to Wolves in 2007, Jarvis has shown an inspiring work ethic that has shortly seen him become a fan-favorite at Molineux where he’s enjoyed a promotion from the Championship and successfully played a vital role in Wolves’ survival from relegation last season.
Early results suggest it’s going to be another difficult year for the Wanderers, but with the likes of Jarvis impressing as he is and other key players such as Steven Fletcher and Kevin Doyle turning in top performances, there appears no reason why Wolves should not be able to survive another year at what has repeatedly been quoted as ‘the greatest league in the world’.
After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd on Saturday, and the incessant chant of ‘Jarvis for England’ ringing out around Molineux, the Wolves fans will have their eyes peeled in anticipation and hope of seeing their left midfielder being named amongst the likes of Steven Gerrard and John Terry when the squad is announced.
Representing your country is nothing new in the Jarvis household as both his parents represented England in professional table tennis both reaching number one in the British rankings. His fans and family will be hoping Jarvis can carry on this family tradition and like his father and mother, can proudly play the sport he loves, for the nation he belongs to.
Whether Jarvis deserves a call-up I’ll leave it up to you, the debate clearly lies with the question whether England need to try out new wingers with the likes of Adam Johnson, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young and James Milner already contesting to play in the same area.
But, is there any harm in trying out young prospects such as Matt Jarvis and Jordan Henderson of Sunderland who has also been linked with a surprise call up to the squad. Surely this can only bode well for England with the increasing amount of prospective talent coming through into international football. Or is by giving these players caps devaluing the reputation of becoming an England player, a status regarded as the pinnacle of being a footballer.