Sunderland’s Richardson eyes Wembley return after Arsenal win

Kieran Richardson

Kieran Richardson

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KIERAN Richardson is desperate to live the Wembley dream with Sunderland – five years after playing in the opening game at the national stadium.

Sunderland’s FA Cup fifth round victory against Arsenal left the Black Cats just one game away from a Wembley semi-final, although they face a tough trip to bogey team Everton in the last eight of the competition on the weekend of March 17-18.

Richardson hasn’t played at Wembley since the inaugural game at the revamped stadium in March, 2007, when the then Manchester United man helped England U21s to a 3-3 draw with Italy.

The 28-year-old is eager to make a return in his fifth season on Wearside after grabbing the opener against Arsenal on Saturday, as Sunderland enacted some revenge for the league defeat at the hands of the Gunners seven days earlier.

Richardson told the Echo: “I want to get to Wembley like everyone at Sunderland. Obviously we’ve got to take each game at a time. But I’ve played at Wembley before and the semi-finals are there again this year so it would great for the fans if we can make it through to the next round.

“We’ve been playing so well since Martin O’Neill has come in and we deserved to get through. I would say we wanted it more than them.

“We were gutted last week after losing in the league, but it shows how far we’ve come as a team that we were so disappointed to lose against a team like Arsenal.”