McCarthy tips Jarvis for England return after Wolves winger rediscovers form

Mick McCarthy believes Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has regained the form which won him an England cap ahead of Tuesday evening's home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich.

Jarvis made his international debut last season against Ghana at Wembley after a string of fine performances, only for his standard of play to dip during the early part of the current campaign.

But he impressed McCarthy during the defeats against Manchester United at Old Trafford and then Stoke at Molineux on Saturday.

Flying winger: Matt Jarvis (right) gave Jonathan Woodgate a torrid time

Flying winger: Matt Jarvis (right) gave Jonathan Woodgate a torrid time 

Potters manager Tony Pulis replaced makeshift right-back Jonathan Woodgate after only 20 minutes at the weekend after he had been given a roasting by Jarvis.

McCarthy said: 'I think Jarvo has been excellent, certainly in the last two games.

'Against Manchester United, he was terrific and the reality is he caused havoc for 20 minutes against Stoke.

'He got "assaulted" on one occasion and then got tripped for the penalty. Tony (Pulis) had to take Woodgate off.

'Jarvo was excellent and it is great to see him back at his best.

'It means he must be back to the form which earned him an England call because he is back to his best - and his best was when England were wanting to give him a cap.

'We've had performances like that from different players. We could do with them all at their best tomorrow night against Norwich.'

International star: Jarvis earned a call-up to the England squad

International star: Jarvis earned a call-up to the England squad

McCarthy is hoping his side`s luck will change after what he considers to be a string of contentious refereeing decisions against them in recent weeks.

Against Stoke, Woodgate was fortunate to escape a second yellow card for giving away a penalty before being substituted.

Then replays suggested Wolves skipper Roger Johnson won the ball when conceding a free-kick which led to Stoke's equaliser.

He said: 'We might feel hard done by although we've undone ourselves a bit with the second goal. But we did play well and when Lady Luck is not with you, how do you change it around?

'Maybe Saturday might be as low as it gets. It is all going to turn around after Christmas and we are going to be in the top six by March when all the things go in our favour!'

McCarthy is also aware of the need for his team to start keeping clean sheets after none in 13 games.

Testings times: Mick McCarthy

Testings times: Mick McCarthy

He said: 'I'm concerned about everything but if you shore it up and don't concede then you are certain of a point.

'We've not been able to do that for a while. A clean sheet would be fantastic.'

McCarthy is hoping to add to his squad in January and expects to have the backing of club owner Steve Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey.

He added: 'Of course, it helps if you can get new faces in but we are all looking at the same pool of players in terms of affordability and people wanting to come, availability etc.

'Certain teams in certain areas of the league look at the same players. None of us want to lose our best players.

'We are looking and freshening it up always helps. We have spoken about it but I wouldn't discuss what we can spend or what we can do.

'All I know is that forever and always they have been very supportive and if we get the right players, Steve and Jez have been supportive and we've been able to do it.'

Wolves will again be without midfield duo Jamie O'Hara and Dave Edwards for their clash with Norwich at Molineux.

O'Hara (calf) and Edwards (groin) have failed to recover from the setbacks which ruled them out of Saturday's 2-1 home reversal to Stoke.

Midfielder Kevin Foley (ankle) and defender Jody Craddock (hamstring) will attempt to gain fitness is a behind closed doors practice match later this week.

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