Is there a more destructive winger in the league right now than Matt Jarvis? I can only think of Gareth Bale, who is repeatedly skinning full-backs with pace and skill and supplying killer balls in to the box.
This guy is the best left winger available to Fabio Capello and it’ll be a farce if he is overlooked for the England squad.
Against Manchester City, Jarvis was unstoppable - partially due to his own form and partly because Mick McCarthy got the tactics spot on. City play with three holding midfielders which makes their team extremely narrow. By switching to 4-5-1, Wolves became wide across the middle of the park and that gave Hunt and Jarvis countless one-on-ones against the full backs.
Jarvis scorched his time and time again and was man-of-the-match in the magnificent 2-1 victory.
Edwards, Jarvis and Milijas celebrate the winner
It was interesting to see Silva on the left side of City’s midfield. He cost £30 million where as Mick took Jarvis from Gillingham for a tiny fraction of that fee. I’m not going to have a go at the Spaniard here because he is doubtlessly a class act. But I would take Jarvis over him any day of the week on current form.
So if an English winger is more dangerous than the one employed by the World and European Cup winners, how can he not get his first cap for the Three Lions? It would be simple common sense for most of us but when has that ever affected an England manager’s selection policy?
My fear for Matt is that there is a long lines of players whose ability and consistency should have won them numerous call-ups. Matthew Etherington, Kevin Nolan, Ryan Shawcross, Roger Johnson and David Dunn have all merited a place before now.
I genuinely think that Sven and McClaren believed you weren’t good enough for England if you didn’t play for Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool or Spurs, never mind what you were doing for your team. I’m hopeful that Fabio doesn’t think like this and his selection of Kevin Davies in the last match suggests that’s the case.
The Bolton man’s call up was a desperate time for the England boss though because of all the injuries. In his next squad announcement, for the friendly against France, he should have no such worries as there are no positions that are heavily depleted with injuries to the regulars.
Players in the next squad will be there purely on merit so it’ll be a real indication of his thinking.
Some have said to me that a call-up for Jarvis will alert the bigger clubs to his value.
They are worried that an England call up will be followed by a bid from Spurs or Villa.
But I want Matt to get the recognition he deserves. I’ll make us all proud to have a Wolves player represent England, it’ll show the world that we are a club with some of the best players on the globe and it might encourage others to join us if they know playing well at Molineux could take them to Wembley.