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On This Day: 2011


09:00 29th March 2013

Jarvis for England

On this day two years ago, Wolves were represented in a full England international for the first time in over twenty years.

Winger Matt Jarvis was rewarded for his good form in gold and black with a substitute appearance in the friendly against Ghana at Wembley on March 29 2011.

Jarvis, signed from Gillingham by Mick McCarthy in 2007, played an integral part in earning the club promotion to the Premier League in the 2008/2009 season - linking up with the likes of Michael Kightly, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Chris Iwelumo to fire Wolves to the Championship title.

His impressive form continued as he made his top flight bow - he was a virtual ever-present as Wolves secured relatively comfortable survival in their first season back in the Premier League.

Despite a more difficult campaign the following year, Jarvis starred in a series of wins against the country's biggest teams, earning him international recognition.

After being named in previous provisional squads, Jarvis made the cut when Fabio Capello named his squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales at the Millennium Stadium and the Ghana friendly.

He watched from the stands as Frank Lampard and Darren Bent both beat his Wolves clubmate Wayne Hennessey to give England a 2-0 win in Cardiff, before being named among the substitutes for the Wembley friendly the following Tuesday evening.

Inside a vibrant stadium - with the atmosphere boosted considerably by the Ghanaian support - England took the lead through Andy Carroll as an entertaining first half drew to a close.

Despite Ghana giving every bit as good as they got, Capello's side still had the lead with twenty minutes left, and the Italian made the decision to introduce a debutant from the bench.

Jarvis - wearing the number 15 shirt - replaced Jack Wilshere on 70 minutes, and in doing so became the first Wolves player since Steve Bull in 1990 to earn a full England cap.

The night ended in disappointment for England as Asamoah Gyan levelled the game in stoppage time, but Jarvis was delighted to make his first and, to date, only England appearance.

"Obviously, this has been a goal of mine," he admitted. "It is a dream of everyone when they are little to play for their country."

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