England call up Jarvis as Rio rages over captaincy snub
Wolves winger Matt Jarvis was celebrating his first England call-up last night after being named in Fabio Capello's 26-man squad for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales and the friendly against Ghana at Wembley on March 29.
The 24-year-old had been named in a couple of provisional squads already this season but failed to make the final cut. However, with Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson ruled out through injury, Capello has handed Jarvis his chance to compete for starting spots with Aaron Lennon and Ashley Young.
Lennon is included for the first time since England's last qualifier against Montenegro in October. However, more notable is the return of new Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who impressed Capello hugely when he made his debut in the friendly defeat to France in November.
The £35m forward missed last month's encounter with Denmark due to a thigh injury but the England coach always made it clear Carroll would return once he had regained his fitness.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka is back, along with Peter Crouch in a larger than usual squad that will accommodate the Ghana clash, for which the visitors have sold an incredible 21,000 tickets. The Wales encounter is crucial though, with England knowing they cannot afford to drop any more points as Group G leaders Montenegro have collected 10 points from their opening four games.
Little wonder Capello was so keen to reinstate John Terry as captain, although the manner of the decision is said to have frustrated a number of his players, including ousted skipper Rio Ferdinand.
The Manchester United defender, currently out of action with a calf injury, declined an opportunity to speak with the Italian and is said to be deeply unhappy, if not with the actual decision to hand the armband to Terry, then for Capello's failure to inform him prior to the move becoming public knowledge.