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Friday 22 August 2014

Jarvis eyeing England call-up

Matt Jarvis has won only one cap for England

West Ham winger Matt Jarvis is determined to force his way back into the England set-up so he does not go down in the record books as a one-cap wonder.

But the 27-year-old must first win his battle for a regular place at Upton Park following the arrival of Stewart Downing, another left winger eyeing an England recall.

Sam Allardyce is convinced that national manager Roy Hodgson will be at Upton Park this season, monitoring the progress of Downing and Andy Carroll ahead of a potential World Cup campaign.

Jarvis, who made his only England appearance against Ghana in 2011, does not want to be the forgotten man.

"Every team has competition for places and we have a very strong competition. Hopefully it will bring the best out of everyone and if we can get people watching here we can try and push for England places as well," he said.

"I would love to get back in there with England. I just have to make sure I play well for West Ham."

Allardyce is excited by the attacking and creative options he has assembled this season.

Jarvis, Downing, Joe Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison are all competing for the chance to supply strikers Carroll and Modibo Maiga.

Hodgson confirmed that Morrison is on the England Under-21 radar after hearing positive reports about his impressive pre-season contribution for West Ham.

Allardyce believes this could be a breakthrough campaign for Morrison, who describes himself as a "changed man" from the teenager who found himself in trouble with the police and the Football Association.

When Allardyce signed Morrison from Manchester United in January 2011, he was confident of getting the best from a midfielder who was highly-rated by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Allardyce felt moving Morrison away from Manchester would help and the 20-year-old has impressed the Hammers boss since returning from his loan spell with Birmingham last year.

"He does seem to have matured," Allardyce told the Evening Standard. "He's obviously taken a good look at himself and decided that, if he is going to make it as a professional footballer, he needed to be more disciplined in his day-to-day life."

Morrison's big challenge will be to prove he can cut it in the maelstrom of the Premier League.

"His contribution in pre-season has been exciting for us. His big challenge will be when he gets his chance to play in the first team at competitive level," Allardyce said. "When the whistle goes on Saturday it is 100mph from the start.

"He will have to learn to cope with that but he is really promising and hopefully we look forward to him continuing to develop into a player who will play a part in the first team.

"We will give him the chance if he continues to do the things he is doing and discipline himself."

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