Kenwyne to fulfil Wembley dream
Kenwyne Jones admits he will fulfil a childhood dream by stepping out at Wembley in the FA Cup final.
Last Updated: 08/05/11 11:56am
In-form Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones admits he will fulfil a childhood dream by stepping out at Wembley in the FA Cup final.
The 26-year-old used to watch the showpiece of the English season as a youngster growing up in Trinidad.
Now Jones, who has netted four goals in his last five games, is looking to impress a worldwide audience himself.
The Potters are looking to lift the FA Cup for the first time when they face Manchester City.
And Jones hopes a historic victory can help Stoke finally shake off the 'boring' label often given to Tony Pulis's side.
He said: ""If we won every game 10-0 next season, we'd still be called boring Stoke.
"I don't know where it comes from.
"It is sometimes nice to watch paint dry, you know that? But this is a big occasion for everyone and we are looking forward to it.
"Like any kid growing up you'd watch it, but that is only just watching it on TV. It's a massive difference being a part of it."
Jones has netted a healthy return of 11 goals since joining Stoke in a record £8million move from Sunderland last summer.
He has showed glimpses of his outstanding talent but his lack of consistency continues to frustrate his manager and supporters alike.
But the laidback Trinidad and Tobago star, who has faced a difficult journey to the pinnacle of playing in the FA Cup final, insists he is not worried about performing on the biggest stage.
He said: "I am a spiritual person and from a very young age you have challenges and things before you.
"People might say it's a Caribbean thing being laidback and we act as if there is nothing on tomorrow but it is funny.
"The thing is you might be in a situation where the bank is going to foreclose on your house tomorrow and there is no way of getting out.
"The most you can do is just sleep like a king - you can't do anything about tomorrow because it is going to happen."