Emmerson Boyce – Wembley a dream come true

One of the most understated right backs in the Premier League, the Barbados international will now always be remembered for the remarkable back heel flick he scored in Wigan’s 2-1 defeat away at Swansea City last month. The 33-year-old, who can also play in the right of midfield, is considered a bit of a fans favourite at the DW Stadium.

Wigan’s Emmerson Boyce feared he had missed his chance to play at Wembley and says Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final is a “dream come true”

The 33-year-old is preparing to step out at Wembley on Saturday for the first time in his career as Latics take on Millwall for a place in the FA Cup final.

The Barbados international, who is the club’s longest-serving player having signed from Crystal Palace in 2006, admits he thought he had missed his chance to play at the famous stadium.

The story may even get better for Boyce as he is in line to captain the side after having led the team out in their previous four games.

The former Luton Town youngster is not taking anything for granted though and is simply revelling in an opportunity he thought he would never have.

“You always have a dream of playing at Wembley,” he said. “I thought that moment had passed but always hold onto your dreams and sooner or later they may come true. Thankfully mine’s come true.

“We always seem to be avoiding relegation every year but to be going to Wembley is going to be a proud moment for me as well as the club. I’m just happy to be part of it.”

Regarding the captaincy, Boyce added: “If it is the case then it will be a proud moment for me. My family will be in the crowd and to lead the team out would be a special honour.”

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