Maloney relishing Wembley trip

12 August 2013 10:16

Shaun Maloney is looking forward to a career high by playing for Scotland against England at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The Wigan forward, 30, has played in huge games during his career which has taken in two spells at Celtic and a stint with Aston Villa.

A UEFA Cup final appearance in 2003 with the Hoops, and an FA Cup final win with Wigan last season are just two highlights in a successful career.

However, after playing in the 2-0 Community Shield defeat by Manchester United at the national stadium he surveyed a return in midweek for a challenge match with the Auld Enemy and said: "I think it will be as big as anything I have played in.

"These fixture don't happen very often but to play against England at Wembley is the most important international game I have played in and I will imagine it will be on a par with anything I have played in club football.

"So that's what it means to us and I imagine the majority of the country.

"I understand it is a friendly and some of their players will play 45 minutes and things like that but for us it will mean the world."

Scotland go into the game on the back of a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Croatia in June and although they have no chance of playing in the finals in Brazil next summer, Maloney believes the result will boost the Scots as they prepare for Wembley.

The Aberdonian, though, insists those same heights will have to be reached if they are to get a result against England.

"In the current rankings and looking at our own qualifying group there is a decent margin between us and England," he said.

Source: PA