Wembley veteran James McArthur eyes more glory

James McArthur hopes to face eng;and tomorrow
James McArthur hopes to face eng;and tomorrow
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Scotland midfielder James McArthur is relishing another “very special” occasion at a stadium he is getting increasingly familiar with – Wembley.

McArthur will make his fourth appearance at the famous venue in the space of five months if selected for Scotland’s friendly against England tomorrow.

The 25-year-old was a member of the Wigan side that stunned Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley after winning their semi-final there against Millwall the previous month.

He was then in action under the arch at the weekend as the Latics featured in the Community Shield against Manchester United.

He now wants to run out on the turf again as Scotland take on old rivals England for the first time in 14 years.

McArthur, speaking at an event with Vauxhall, the Scotland lead sponsor, said: “I don’t think you can ever get used to Wembley because it is such an amazing stadium.

“The fans are going to be excellent and I am really looking forward to it.

“It is going to make it very special and I think it will be one of the biggest games for the fans for a number of years.

“To play against England is one of the games you dream of as a kid. Hopefully it is something that can happen more often, because it is such a great match.

“To play against the top players England have got, and we have got a good squad ourselves, is going to be a great occasion.”

Scotland’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign has been another disappointing one, but they are now building for the future under new manager Gordon Strachan.

They gained a morale-boosting win in Croatia in June and McArthur believes the intensity of a clash with England, even in a friendly, can give the group an extra lift.

McArthur continued: “The manager has come and we have got a style of play now. We look very solid. It is very positive.

“He is a great character, as you see in some of his interviews.

“He is a great manager to play under and I am sure we will become stronger under him.

“You will not need to get any of the players up for this game.

“It is a massive game for us as players and fans. As a nation we want to win every game, but this is a bit special.

“There has been changes, the manager has brought in the players he wants.

“I think that is important for him, that he has got players that want to play for him and he wants to manage.

“We have got very good players. I think we need to try to get a few wins and build some momentum.

“Hopefully we can do that, starting with England.”

McArthur experienced extremes of emotion at the end of last season as Wigan’s Wembley success was quickly followed by relegation from the Premier League.

He has taken it all in his stride and, despite Wigan’s loss to United, is determined to make the most of such a high-profile start to the season.

He said: “I don’t think there are two bigger games you could put on paper for myself – Man United at Wembley and then England. It’s very exciting.”

McArthur will make his fourth appearance at the famous venue in the space of five months if selected for Scotland’s friendly against England tomorrow.

The 25-year-old was a 
member of the Wigan side that stunned Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley after winning their semi-final there against Millwall the previous month.

He was then in action under the arch at the weekend as the Latics featured in the Community Shield against Manchester United.

He now wants to run out on the turf again as Scotland take on old rivals England for the first time in 14 years.

McArthur, speaking at an event with Vauxhall, the Scotland lead sponsor, said: “I don’t think you can ever get used to Wembley because it is such an amazing stadium.

“The fans are going to be 
excellent and I am really 
looking forward to it.

“It is going to make it very special and I think it will be one of the biggest games for the fans for a number of years.

“To play against England is one of the games you dream of as a kid. Hopefully it is something that can happen more often, because it is such a great match.

“To play against the top 
players England have got, and we have got a good squad 
ourselves, is going to be a great occasion.”

Scotland’s 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign has been another disappointing one, but they are now building for the future under new manager Gordon Strachan.

They gained a morale-
boosting win in Croatia in June and McArthur believes the 
intensity of a clash with 
England, even in a friendly, can give the group an extra lift.

McArthur continued: “The 
manager has come and we have got a style of play now. We look very solid. It is very positive.

“He is a great character, as you see in some of his 
interviews.

“He is a great manager to play under and I am sure we will 
become stronger under him.

“You will not need to get any of the players up for this game.

“It is a massive game for us as players and fans. As a nation we want to win every game, but this is a bit special.

“There has been changes, the manager has brought in the players he wants.

“I think that is important for him, that he has got players that want to play for him and he wants to manage.

“We have got very good 
players. I think we need to try to get a few wins and build some momentum.

“Hopefully we can do that, starting with England.”

McArthur experienced 
extremes of emotion at the end of last season as Wigan’s Wembley success was quickly followed by relegation from the Premier League.

He has taken it all in his stride and, despite Wigan’s loss to United, is determined to make the most of such a high-profile start to the season.

He said: “I don’t think there are two bigger games you could put on paper for myself – Man United at Wembley and then England. It’s very exciting.”