Matt Jarvis was a star performer in the Championship the year Wolves won the title, but the question was whether or not he could make the step up into the Premier League. The answer is an emphatic ‘yes’. Now a star performer in the Premier League, many are wondering if Jarvis can make the grade at international level. But a question that’s just as relevant is whether or not he will get the chance.
There have long been claims that the England national team is elitist and that players who represent less glamorous sides don’t get a look in. So is the colour of Matt Jarvis’ shirt blinding England selectors to his ability?
Wolves’ last three games have been against Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, and Matt Jarvis has been a star performer in each of them. The form of Jarvis has finally started to hit the back pages and they are saying things that many Wolves fans have known for a long time. He has a threatening final ball, good pace and isn’t frightened to take on full backs and get to the line – what you would call a traditional mould for a winger, something that is arguably missing from the current England set-up.
In an England team where there is reasonable strength and depth in almost every position, the right side of midfield is a role crying out for a fresh face. Since David Beckham; Aaron Lennon, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ashley Young and Theo Walcott have all recently tried, but ultimately failed to make right midfield their own. The position is up for grabs, so why not let one of the most on-form Premier League players have a chance?
Of course, Matt Jarvis isn’t the only player struggling to get England recognition while at an ‘unfashionable’ team, but there is evidence that the tide is starting to turn. In the last few games Fabio Capello has given the Bolton duo of Gary Cahill and Kevin Davies time on the field to prove themselves. Darren Bent was wrongfully omitted from the World Cup squad over the summer, but he kept scoring goals for Sunderland and has since scored his first international goal. Phil Jagielka has also recently put himself in serious contention for a regular England place due to his form for Everton.
So it doesn’t seem like players from ‘lesser’ clubs don’t get their chance, they just have to prove themselves for a little longer. Jarvis appears to be in a similar situation to Andy Carroll of Newcastle. Both have found top form so far this season for their clubs but are yet to get the England call, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Jarvis and Carroll are both relative new comers to the Premier League, and while they have played very well so far, I don’t see any harm in waiting a few more months to see how they progress. If they carry on playing well for their clubs they will get noticed, I have no doubt about that.
A call-up for the England team is the highest honor a player can achieve, and the last time Wolves fans saw one of their own in England colors was back in 1990 when Steve Bull wore the No. 9 shirt against Poland. But in Matt Jarvis they have a player who looks set to add his name to the increasing number of players who are breaking the glass ceiling and getting into the England fold. It may take time, but I am confident that should he continue to light up the Premier League his time will come.