Millwall v Wigan Athletic
The FA Cup with Budweiser
5.15pm, Saturday 13 April 2013
Winning club receives £900,000, losing club receives £450,000 from The FA's Prize Fund
Live on ESPN
by Maria Hudd
Millwall skipper Danny Shittu claims captaining the side in an FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley will trump playing in the World Cup as the highlight of his career to date.
Shittu, who dons the armband in the absence of the injured Paul Robinson, will lead the Lions out against Wigan on Saturday in what he admits will be an unforgettable moment on both a personal and professional level.
And the Nigerian, who represented his country in the 2010 World Cup, admits he cannot wait to walk out at the home of English football with a huge army of friends and followers.
The defender said: "Playing in the World Cup and stuff like that was big, but to play in The FA Cup Semi-Final with a chance of winning and getting into Europe is a big thing.
"I don't have many FA Cup memories - I create my own memories and this would definitely be my highlight right now.
"It's a great personal achievement for me. I've bought over 30 tickets - my four kids will be there, my mum will be there, my brothers and sisters will be there.
"For them to see me on that day means a lot because they've seen how hard I've been working in my career and for me to achieve such a thing is great. It's great for the lads and for me, personally.
"To lead a team out in The FA Cup Semi-Final is something that's going to go down on my CV for the rest of my life and something my kids will be able to talk to their friends about."
The 32-year-old defender, who scored the winner at Ewood Park to book Millwall's place in the last four, admits that it will be difficult to keep their head in the game on what is such a big occasion.
However, he also believes being underdogs alongside the experience of previous scalps against Blackburn and Aston Villa will help their cause as the club look to make a second FA Cup Final appearance in nine years.
Shittu added: "The moment you step into the Stadium and see the amount of seats, the amount of supporters - it's going to be a bit different to playing at The Den.
"You have that tingle in your belly, everybody's excited, but we're just seeing it as a normal game and when we've seen it like that, we've beaten the likes of Villa and Blackburn.
"We've just got to do what we normally do - defend well and be confident and comfortable enough to get on the ball and express ourselves.
"At the same time, we've got to try not to make too many mistakes because they're a Premier League side, they capitalise on things like that.
"They've got a very good attacking side and we just got to try and work hard to get in their faces and do what we normally do.
"Being in the Championship, we've not got the biggest budget and a lot of people didn't expect us to get this far.
"It is a game we're going into believing that we can get a good result and we're looking forward to it."
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