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Wolves winger Jarvis gets surprise call-up by England

AFP, LONDON

Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has been handed his first England call-up after being named in Fabio Capello’s 26-man squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales and the friendly against Ghana.

Jarvis, 24, had figured in two of Capello’s provisional squads this season, but this will be his first taste of international action after he failed to make the final cut on those occasions.

With Arsenal winger Theo Walcott ruled out through injury, Capello has handed Jarvis his chance to compete for the wide berths with Aaron Lennon and Ashley Young after an impressive season with Mick McCarthy’s team.

GROWING REPUTATION

Jarvis, who started his career with Gillingham before joining Wolves in 2007, underlined his growing reputation with a fine finish to clinch a 1-0 win over local rivals Aston Villa on Saturday.

If he is selected for either of the forthcoming games, he would become the first Wolves player to appear for England in more than two decades, since striker Steve Bull won the last of his 13 caps in October 1990.

Tottenham star Lennon is included for the first time since England’s last qualifier against Montenegro in October after missing the friendlies against France and Denmark.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who impressed Capello when he made his debut in the defeat by France in November, also returns after proving his fitness for his club.

THIGH INJURY

The forward missed last month’s encounter with Denmark because of a thigh injury, but Carroll is back after starting Liverpool’s last two matches, against Braga and Sunderland.

Everton defender Phil Jagielka and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch are also included in a larger than usual squad.

Capello knows England cannot afford to drop points at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as they try to top Group G ahead of Montenegro and the Italian will hope his decision to reappoint John Terry as captain in place of Rio Ferdinand doesn’t backfire.

Several members of the squad are said to be unhappy with the way Capello leaked the news to the media before speaking to Ferdinand.

The Manchester United defender, currently out of action with a calf injury, then declined an opportunity to speak with Capello and is said to be deeply unhappy with his failure to inform him prior to the move becoming public knowledge.

Terry had previously been stripped of the captaincy by Capello a year ago after an alleged affair with the partner of his international teammate Wayne Bridge.

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