Bull backs Jarvis to make England impact

Jarvis comes on for England debut

Wolves legend Steve Bull does not believe Matt Jarvis will become a one-cap wonder and has backed the winger to earn a regular place in the England national team.


The 25-year-old had been named in two provisional squads earlier this season but his recent outstanding form for Wolves led him to make the step up to the full squad.

Having failed to make the bench for Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales, Jarvis replaced starlet Jack Wilshere in the 69th minute against Ghana.

The cap marked an incredible turnaround for Jarvis who had considered quitting professional football after his release by Millwall aged 16.

Jarvis’ England appearance was also the first by a Wolves player since the last of Bull’s 13 caps in 1990, but the club’s record scorer admitted he was happy to see the wide man get a run out.

“It was one of the best England games I have seen in a long time because there were young, attacking players out there,” he told Press Association Sport.

“To be honest, I thought Matt would get a bit more time than he did. I thought he would get at least half a game and then that would have got the best out of him.

“He looked a bit sheepish, he looked a bit quiet but it was his first cap and hopefully this is one of many more to come.

“I don’t think he will be one of these one-cap wonders,” he added. “Well I hope not.

“We have got a lot of wingers out there at the moment but those sorts of players are very rare indeed.

“I think if he carries on doing for Wolves and what he has been doing all season he’ll get more caps.”

Bull, speaking on behalf of online betting company Sportingbet, won a host of plaudits on his national debut after netting against Scotland.

Jarvis’ debut, by comparison, was much quieter although Bull was keen to praise the winger’s performance.

“From what I saw I would give him at least seven out of 10 because he did his job,” he said.

“He did exactly what they told him to do, which was to try and get the ball in the box.

“He held the ball up, ran the lines as well and worked hard for 20 minutes but you can’t tell really tell from that amount of time whether you can do it or not.

“But he did himself justice by showing what he did.”

:: Steve Bull is a Sportingbet ambassador, to see some of Steve’s latest predictions and for a whole host of great odds visit http://www.sportingbet.com


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