Lampard reveals Richarlison’s Wembley goal

Frank Lamaprd

Frank Lampard believes Richarlison’s desire to play at Wembley could act as Everton’s inspiration ahead of their fifth-round tie against Boreham Wood (Everton 11/1 FA Cup Outright).

The Toffees haven’t lifted a trophy since Paul Rideout’s goal saw them beat Manchester United 1-0 in the 1995 FA Cup final. However, they have come close, losing 2-1 to Chelsea in 2009 and reaching the semi-finals in both 2011-12 and 2015-16.

However, they all preceded Richarlison’s (16/5 First Goalscorer) arrival from Watford in 2018 and Lampard says the Brazilian has spoken of his desire to play under the famous Arch.

The boss has plenty of experience of playing at the ground for both Chelsea and England and also guided the Blues to the FA Cup final in 2020, losing 2-1 to Arsenal.

With the semi-finals also being held at the ground, the boss believes the 24-year-old forward’s hunger to play at the national stadium can only be a good thing ahead of Thursday’s tie with Boreham Wood (Match Betting – Everton 1/8, Draw 17/2, Boreham Wood 28/1).

“I was chatting football with Richy today and he was saying how desperate he is to play at Wembley and that is because of the history of the stadium,” said Lampard.

“I was fortunate enough to play a lot at Wembley and it is a magical place.

“We are two games from doing that. There are some tough teams in the draw for the next round but that carrot is the one we’ll aim for.”

Lampard has confirmed that defender Vitalii Mykolenko will start the game against Boreham Wood, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains sidelined and January arrivals Dele Alli, Donny van de Beek and Anwar El Ghazi are cup-tied.

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The National League outfit have beaten Barnet, Eastleigh, St Albans City, AFC Wimbledon and Bournemouth to reach the fifth round and are eyeing what would arguably be the biggest upset in FA Cup history.

Boss Luke Garrard will be hoping both captain Mark Ricketts and Kane Smith recover in time from injuries, although the game is likely to come too soon for Jamal Fyfield.

Both sides will be aiming to book their spots in quarter-finals where they will join Manchester City (13/8 Favourites FA Cup Outright), Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool (11/4).

The latter three were in action on Wednesday, with Timo Werner netting twice as Chelsea battled past Luton 3-2, while Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl described his side as having a “super opportunity” to win a trophy after they defeated West Ham 3-1.

Liverpool also kicked on from their League Cup final triumph to beat Norwich 2-1, despite making 10 changes.

There is also a tie to come on Monday, as Championship pair Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield clash at the City Ground.

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