Wigan and Scotland’s McArthur looking to cap off Wembley hat-trick
Scotland’s James McArthur is aiming for a hat-trick of victories at Wembley Stadium in 2013.
The midfielder was part of Wigan Athletic’s victorious FA Cup winning side that defeated Manchester City
in the final back in May.
And he is now gearing up for a dream return next month as he gets set to grace the hallowed turf twice in four days.
McArthur will be part of the Latics squad which takes on reigning Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday 11 August in the Community Shield.
He will then join up with his Scotland team-mates to prepare for the Teenage Cancer Trust International against England three days later.
With memories still fresh of Wigan’s heroics in May, McArthur insists victory in these upcoming matches would be just as big as their cup exploits.
He said: “What we achieved with Wigan last season in winning the Cup shows you anything is possible and it gives you confidence.
“We know it’s going to be tough but I like being the underdog and nobody needs geeing up for an England-Scotland game.
“Hopefully I can keep my good winning record up at Wembley. Winning the FA Cup was just an unbelievable day but to go there and beat England would be right up there beside it.”
With it being the first time the nations have met since 1999, McArthur says he has always dreamed of representing the Tartan Army against the Three Lions.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the 25-year-old said: “One of my biggest memories was watching Paul Gascoigne score for England against Scotland at Euro 96.
“You grow up dreaming of being a part of it and hopefully that’s going to happen for me next month. England are a top side and it’s going to be a tough match because they are full of quality players.
“But we have a good squad too and there’s competition for places now. England v Scotland is such a big match and everyone will be ready to go.”
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