Matt Jarvis has finally completed the ultimate footballing U-turn this week.
After being released from Millwall at just 16 years-old, nobody would have guessed that the winger would be getting an International call-up in just 8-years time.
Jarvis found his feet again with Gillingham and completed four seasons there before Wolves snapped him up for a mere £600k in 2007.
The somewhat surprising inclusion completed a perfect weekend for the 24 year-old, after his fantastic volley gave Wolves a precious 3 points at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
As aforementioned, the inclusion would be surprising to some; but to Wolves fans, we expected nothing less. His fine form this season has previously landed him in two provisional England squads earlier in the season, so it was only a matter of time before he finally got the official call-up.
Despite going slightly off-form midway through the season, he has really come into his own this season and has been a constant threat to every defender he has come up against.
In my opinion, he isn’t just there to make up the numbers. If given the chance on the pitch with England in the coming week, Fabio Capello will realise that Jarvis offers something that England currently doesn’t have. He is an out and out winger who is comfortable playing on either side of the pitch.
In his regular position on the left-wing, he often enjoys cutting in onto his stronger right-foot and putting a cross in. However, he is more than willing to beat a defender down the line and deliver a cross with his supposedly weaker left-foot. There are no other players in the England squad who are as capable as Matt Jarvis in overall wing-play.
He has always been known for his pace and acceleration, but this season his crossing has strongly improved. As well as this, after recently admitting him and Kevin Doyle have been partaking in extra shooting practice, he’s scored two in the last three games. He’s slowly turning into the complete, perfect winger. England have been crying out for a left-winger for years now, and if given the chance he will undoubtedly prove that he is the man for the job.
Jarvis is the first Wolves player to earn an International call-up since Steve Bull back in 1990, so there is a real sense of pride within every fan of the club at the moment. However, I believe he could be the first of a few Wolves players to make the step up to the next level.
Richard Stearman and Jamie O’Hara have both recently admitted that they are considering taking up the option to play for the Republic of Ireland. Personally, I believe they should both bide their time and an England call-up will eventually come.
Stearman has always been regarded as a very good player by the fans, but yet someone who is prone to mistakes. Even earlier this season he was playing well but making regular errors. However in recent weeks he has been putting in solid performances and he has seemingly weaned these small mistakes out of his game. If he continues, only good things can come. He has pace, he’s strong, and he’s very passionate; he has England material written all over him.
At the same time, there has been nothing but praise for Jamie O’Hara since he joined the club on loan in January. He’s confident, he’s good on the ball and he is brilliant at picking out a pass or gliding past an opposing player. He too is full of desire, and if he can stay fit I don’t see any reason why he won’t get a call-up in the foreseeable future.
The future looks bright for Wolves and their young stars, and full credit needs to be given to Mick McCarthy and his backroom staff for getting the best out of the players.