Van der Vaart eyes Wembley
Tottenham playmaker wants to avoid cup replay against Bolton
Last Updated: March 13, 2012 12:47pm
Rafael van der Vaart: Tottenham Hotspur playmaker is determined to play at Wembley
Rafael van der Vaart is determined to help Tottenham Hotspur to an FA Cup quarter-final victory over Bolton as he bids to realise his ambition of playing at Wembley.
The midfielder was set to step out at Wembley for the first time in the Netherlands' friendly against England last month, but an injury forced him to pull out of the match.
But a win over Bolton on Saturday would send Spurs into the FA Cup semi-final and Van der Vaart is eager to get there at the first time of asking without the headache of a replay adding to their already congested fixture list.
"Wembley is a special stadium and because I missed the friendly against England I've never played there," Van der Vaart told the club's official website.
"It's always difficult in the FA Cup, but we will play at home against Bolton so we'll be strong and we have a good chance of making the semi-finals and playing at Wembley."
And, having already beaten Bolton 3-0 at White Hart Lane this season, Tottenham will be favourites to progress, although the 29-year-old is taking nothing for granted.
"It won't make a difference on Saturday," he said. "It's a separate game and we have to win, we don't want a replay."