Matt Jarvis named in England full squad

So finally it has happened. Our star winger is in the England squad to meet Wales on Saturday and Ghana on Tuesday week. Fantastic!

It was twenty years ago since Wolves had a player in the England National squad last and it was of course Steve Bull, who has commented on the Jarvis fortune on the Official Wolves Site:

“It’s been too long since anyone from Wolves has played for England and there is no doubt in my mind that Matt Jarvis deserves to be the next one. He has played really well and putting the ball in the right spot. And added to that he has weighed in with some good strikes – the one at Villa Park on Saturday was something special.

To somebody like Andy Carroll, who is also in the party, Jarvo’s crosses would be food and drink. He would really benefit from them.”

Couldn’t agree more. I hope that he will get an opportunity to play. At least in one of the two games. He certainly showed against Villa Saturday that he is a better alternative than downing, in my opinion.

This is what the man soon to be clad in white with lions on his chest said to the Official Wolves Site:

“It was great to get the call tonight confirming I am in the squad. I’m delighted as you would expect and to be honest it’s difficult to put it into words at the moment. I’d been named in standby for a few of the games this season so it’s great that this time I’ve finally made it into the squad.”

“Like every player it’s been a dream of mine to try and play for England since starting off in the game and getting into the squad takes me one step closer.”

“It just rounds off a great weekend for me having scored the winner against Aston Villa and I’m really looking forward to joining up with the squad.”

The Gills boss Andy Hessenthaler is of course also very pleased with Jarvo’s call-up. Already when Matt started playing for them he said that he will play for England one day.

This is what he has to say on their Official Site this morning:

I’m absolutely over the moon for him. I take a lot of pleasure seeing him named in the England squad, having given him his chance here at Gillingham. I spoke to him last night and am absolutely delighted for him.”

Both of Jarvis’s parents have played for England. Not in football, though, but in table tennis. So he probably got both the genes and the upbringing to thank for his call-up. But most important of all, of course, his own training for many years to reach his level of play.

Edit! Press conference with Matt Jarvis:

Many Congratulations to Matt Jarvis! This is a good time to be a Wolves supporter.



~ by paddytheflea on March 21, 2011.

4 Responses to “Matt Jarvis named in England full squad”

  1. If he gets to play in at least one of the games he will certainly impress, I am sure of that.

    • Agree, Nick. He has what it takes and with the top co-players at National level he will thrive. They will feed much better on his run-ins and crosses than our players. I will watch him carefully and report if he’ll get the chance against Wales at Cardiff.

  2. As a Wolves fan you might well be interested in our latest blog ( ) on Jamie O’Hara’s impressive performances for you guys since joining in January.

    Kudos on your blog by the way… can clearly see a LOT of effort goes into it! [Must add that Jarvis’s call-up is massively deserved… him feeding Carroll could prove mightily productive]

    • Very nice article. But perhaps you are over-estimating his influence a bit? But most of us already knew that he was the sort of player we lacked and badly needed – a real engine in the middle to keep us going forward. Henry is lousy in that role and Milijas also have another function. We are more complete with him and that shows in the results for sure.

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