Rookie Jarvis out to Emulate His Hero Giggs
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS
ENGLAND new boy Matt Jarvis will tread the same turf as one of his football idols did for Wales - if he wins his first cap on Saturday.
The Wolves winger has hailed Wales legend Ryan Giggs as the player he looked up to as a youngster when growing up in Surrey.
Jarvis, 24, has lined up against Giggs in the Premier League but is a few years too late to do the same on the international stage.
Yet, if picked by England boss Fabio Capello for the Euro 2012 clash at the Millennium Stadium, Jarvis - who hasn't played at any age level for his country - will go head-to-head with Molineux team-mate Wayne Hennessey.
Jarvis revealed that the Welsh goalkeeper was one of a number of club-mates to send his congratulations when it was announced the ex-Gillingham midfielder had made the England squad.
The son of two former British table tennis number ones, Jarvis can play on the left and right of midfield, so he could be a useful man for Capello to have in the matchday squad against Wales.
Despite fighting a relegation battle for most of the season with Wolves, Jarvis has enjoyed an excellent campaign in the top flight so far and has done enough to catch the eye of the Italian.
And, while also picking out 48-goal England hero Gary Lineker as a favourite when he was young, Jarvis holds Giggs in very high esteem.
"When I was growing up I was always a Giggs fan," he said. …