Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Matt Jarvis has been included in the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales on Saturday, and the friendly match against Ghana at Wembley on Tuesday week, whilst England boss Fabio Capello, as expected, named John Terry, the Chelsea defender, as the permanent England captain.
The quicksilver winger Jarvis, 24, has been an impressive figure for Wolves in their battle against relegation this season, and his volleyed winner against Aston Villa on Saturday was his fifth goal of an excellent season.
Released as a youngster by Millwall, Jarvis began his senior career at Gillingham before moving to the Black Country in 2007. He was a key player in the Wolves side that won the Championship in 2009 and his performances this season have earmarked him for a potential big-money summer move, with Liverpool said to be keeping a keen eye on the player.
Having been named in two provisional squads this season without making the final cut, Jarvis will now be hoping to impress during training, to get the chance of becoming the first Wolves player to represent the Three Lions since Steve Bull in 1990.
“It was great to get the call confirming I am in the squad,” Jarvis told Wolves official website.
“I’m delighted as you would expect and to be honest it’s difficult to put it into words at the moment.
“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.”
The controversial decision to return the captain’s armband to John Terry, some 13 months after the Chelsea defender was stripped of the honour following allegations of an affair with the ex-girlfriend of Wayne Bridge, the former Chelsea defender currently on-loan from Manchester City to West Ham United, and Terry’s one time best friend, comes as no surprise.
Capello has been toying with the idea due to the injury problems of both Rio Ferdinand, who has been angered by his public stripping of the captaincy, without Capello having spoken to him, and Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool skipper.
Neither are available for the Wales match, and following the friendly match against Denmark, when the captaincy was passed between four players, Capello has wanted to return the duty to Terry, citing that 13 months without the armband has been punishment enough.
The 30-year-old Terry, spoke last night of his pride at being named England skipper once more: “I never stopped hoping I’d lead my country again.
“I’ve always done whatever the manager needs of me to make sure we win. Beating Wales is the most important thing as it’s a massive game.”
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll returns to the squad, although his fitness is in doubt, whilst Kyle Walker, the highly-rated attacking full-back currently on-loan at Aston Villa has kept his place. Scott Parker, the West Ham United midfielder who impressed during the friendly win over Denmark also kept his place.
Goalkeepers: B Foster (Birmingham), R Green (West Ham), J Hart (Manchester City).
Defenders: L Baines (Everton), G Cahill (Bolton), A Cole (Chelsea), M Dawson (Tottenham), P Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), J Lescott (Manchester City), J Terry (Chelsea, captain), K Walker (Tottenham).
Midfield players: G Barry (Manchester City), S Downing (Aston Villa), M Jarvis (Wolves), F Lampard (Chelsea), A Lennon (Tottenham), J Milner (Manchester City), S Parker (West Ham), A Young (Aston Villa), J Wilshere (Arsenal).
Forwards: D Bent (Aston Villa), A Carroll (Liverpool), P Crouch (Tottenham), J Defoe (Tottenham), W Rooney (Manchester United).