Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has spoken of his dismay after winger Matt Jarvis was overlooked by England manager Fabio Capello for Wednesday’s friendly with France.
The Three Lions tamely lost 2-1 at Wembley and the Wolves boss was disappointed that Jarvis was axed from the preliminary squad.
Jarvis only found out he failed to make the full squad through the media, much to McCarthy’s bemusement.
“There was lots of hype about Matt playing so you get warned you might be going, but you find out through the media that he isn’t going,” he said.
“There might be a different way of handling that – if you’re not going to be called up, a little phone call or text might not be out of order.
“A text saying ‘sorry, you’re doing brilliant, keep going’ – a pat on the head would do no harm.
“My point is that if you get notification that you might be called up, you might call or text someone to say ‘sorry, you’re not in’ – we’ve all got each other’s numbers.
“So, of course, the hopes had been built up for Matt – I said in the press conference that he’d been named in the provisional squad.
“I think friendlies at this time of the year – and certainly if they’ve got one in February – are more notoriously difficult to get players in for. But he had some good competition in Ashley Young, Adam Johnson and Stewart Downing.”