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Rafa sets Spurs sights on Wembley

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Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Rafael Van der Vaart is targeting a trip to Wembley ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup sixth round tie against Bolton.

The White Hart Lane outfit survived a scare at the last stage of the competition, beating Stevenage on a replay to secure their place in the quarter-final and a clash against the Trotters.

And, whilst not looking to set his own sights too far ahead, the Dutch international can’t help but think of a last four trip to the famous stadium as Spurs look to secure their first victory in the competition since 1991.

“Wembley is a special stadium and because I missed the friendly against England I’ve never played there,” he told the official Tottenham Hotspur 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.”

Harry Redknapp’s side will start Saturday’s clash as heavy favourites against the Premier League strugglers, but Van der Vaart is taking nothing for granted despite the 3-0 scoreline when the two sides met at the Lane earlier in the season.

And, after Owen Coyle’s side beat QPR 2-1 in a massive match at the Reebok Stadium last weekend, confidence is likely to be high within the Bolton camp.

“It won’t make a difference on Saturday (the 3-0 win in December). It’s a separate game and we have to win, we don’t want a replay,” added the former Real Madrid star.

The semi-finals of the competition take place in April, with the showpiece final under the arch scheduled for May 5th.

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