Wolves winger on Fabio Capello's radar?

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Wolves’ fans may have been a little surprised when perusing the sports pages of the Daily Star yesterday, as the tabloid paper leads us to believe that Fabio Capello is lining Matty Jarvis up as another addition to his new, youthful England set-up. 

It's a great piece of news for the club, but maybe more importantly for the lad himself. It can't seem that long since the Middlesborough-born youngster was released by Millwall, only to be picked up by Gillingham as a trainee.

After making his debut in 2003 aged only 17, he went on to play 110 games for the Gills, scoring 12 goals. 

It was in 2007 when Mick McCarthy beat a host of other Championship clubs to his signature. Skip forward another three years and he's approaching 100 appearances under Big Mick and he's become an extremely valuable asset to the club.

You have to say, for all the work he's put in, he deserves everything that comes his way. 

Of course, there is plenty of competition for places is his favoured position; Aaron Lennon, Ashley Young, Shaun Wright-Phillips, James Milner and Adam Johnson have all recently filled wide positions for the national side - some with more success than others.

Capello would most likely utilise Jarvis in the same position he occupies at club level, allowing him to use his lightning pace to challenge the opposition's right back. 

One thing that Jarvis can offer over most of his competition is that he's confident with both feet.  

The next decision Capello must make if he is to bring Jarvis into the fold, is whether to give him his competitive debut against Montenegro in mid-October or wait until the friendly against France a month later. Easing him into the set-up may be beneficial but he knows that he's ready to step up if called upon, no matter of the circumstances. 

Matty may have even been a little shocked himself when he heard the news, but he'll take it in his stride. He would clearly love to represent his country and he would give everything for the shirt, the team and the fans - something that has been quite obviously lacking with players in the past. 

There will be a lot of football fans out there who won't believe Matt Jarvis is good enough for England - but no-one knows that for sure and the fact that Capello is looking at such a player can only be viewed as a positive move for the national team.

New blood is needed to revitalise a team embarrassed at the World Cup in South Africa; and you never know, somewhere out there, Capello might just stumble across an absolute gem for Euro 2012. 

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