Matt Jarvis: Lion enough?

Back in 1960, Steve Bull, Wolverhamptons talismanic striker and club legend was called up for national duty. Nearly four decades later, Millwal youth product and current Wolverhampton winger Matt Jarvis has become the second player from The Molineux to be called up to play for the Three Lions.

Jarvis has been instrumental in getting Wolverhampton back in the Premiership. After securing top flight promotion in 2009, Jarvis has cemented his position in the Wolves side as an out and out winger, playing wide on the left side of midfield. Though not amongst goals this season, with six assists and four goals (his last one being a beautiful right foot drive against Aston Villa which was a match winner) in the league, Jarvis has managed to impact the outcome of this season for Wolves. An integral part of the Wolves set up, his performances have been noteworthy and has helped the team consolidate their position in the league (even though currently they are in relegation zone).

A natural left footer, Jarvis can play wide in the midfield on either side. Attributed with raw pace whilst dribbling the ball and been praised by club coach Mick McCarthy on numerous occasions about his game sense, quick thinking and committment, it will be interesting to see how Capello will use the debutante. A senior player at The Molineux with over 100 first team appearances to his credit Matt Jarvis will have to step up a notch when he dons the England colours.

With Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson ruled out through injury, the Italian has handed Jarvis a chance to compete for a starting spot on the flank against Aaron Lennon and Ashley Young. Jarvis will have to absorb as much as he can from the big boys of English football, as training with the national squad will be nothing like 
the Wolves training regime. Named in the 26 man squad by coach Fabio Capello for the Euro 2012 qualifiers, time will tell if Capello’s belief in the young winger pays off on the pitch.

Writing credits: AP