Belfast Telegraph

McCarthy impressed by Jarvis

Mick McCarthy has told England manager Fabio Capello that Wolves' in-form winger Matt Jarvis should be given a chance in his country's friendly match against France later this month.

Jarvis has earned rave reviews for his skilful play on both flanks and tireless workrate, and McCarthy said he recently got the opportunity to recommend him for international honours.

McCarthy said: "I sat next to (Franco) Baldini at the Stoke game (against Manchester United), and I said 'I'd give him a game'. In a friendly I'd play him, no question."

The former Sunderland manager added: "He's causing problems for everybody in the Premier League. He does it going forward and he puts his shift in going back.

McCarthy added that Jarvis' desire for self-improvement is one of the qualities that marks him out.

He said: "What I like about him is that he continuously wants to improve himself. He'll get the balls out and practice his corners and his free-kicks, his left and right footed crossing.

"At Chelsea, I told him 'you are marking Ashley Cole'. And I tell you what, Ashley Cole had as tough a game anybody's had, playing cat and mouse with Matt. He came here three seasons ago and has got better and better.

Jarvis signed a new five-year contract at the start of this season, and McCarthy is confident that he won't lose his star winger in January.

"He isn't going anywhere," McCarthy said. "We want to get results, and if we're doing well there'll be no desire to leave. If one of the big boys come in for someone, and it happens at every club, then we'll deal with that if it comes along.

"At the moment, we're all thrilled with him and he's enjoying his football. He's playing as well as he's ever done."


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