McArthur: Chance to become a legend

11 August 2013 11:01

James McArthur is hoping to become a Scotland legend by helping Gordon Strachan's side to victory over England at Wembley on Wednesday night.

The Wigan midfielder played in the 2-0 Community Shield defeat by Manchester United at the national stadium on Sunday and then turned his attention to returning in midweek, along with over 24,000 of the Tartan Army, for a challenge match which is more keenly-awaited north of the border than down south.

McArthur, 25, remembers well the night Don Hutchison scored in the 1-0 win over England at Wembley when Scotland last visited in November 1999, although it was not enough to save the Scots from losing 2-1 on aggregate to the Auld Enemy in the Euro 2000 play-off.

The former Hamilton player revealed he is hoping for another victory to write his name in the history books and inspire another generation of aspiring Scottish footballers.

"It is a fixture the fans will remember for a number of years and it is a chance to make yourself a legend," he said.

"I still hold the fixture in high esteem. I was so excited when I heard the fixture was coming up and I'm hopefully playing.

"It is the biggest game for Scotland in a number of years even though it is deemed a friendly.

"We don't see it as a friendly and the fans won't see it as a friendly and we will be looking to win the match.

"When you look at Don Hutchison scoring the winner, it is one of those games you remember as a kid and all through your life.

"I was on the bus coming back from one of my (youth) games but I was celebrating on the bus.

Source: PA