Birmingham winger backs Fergie to shine at Wembley

The Carling Cup final will be Birmingham’s first major cup final at Wembley since 1956.

“Fergie has a lot of confidence as a player in the same way as Cesc,” said Larsson. “I won’t compare them directly but Fergie has been a real leader for us.

“He has been the guy who has kept the team ticking over and we were crying out for that type of player when he came to the club a couple of years ago.

“You can see he’s a guy who has won a lot in his career.

“He’s had a big career and he demands the highest standards in every match. He certainly won’t be fazed by facing Cesc at Wembley on Sunday.

“Fergie came down from Rangers as a big name and a player who had done a lot in the game and he’s just been himself since he arrived.

“I don’t think he was trying to prove a point, he just kept playing his football and demanding the ball and showed a lot of confidence in himself.

“With Cesc, you could see his quality straight away when he signed as a 16-year-old and he was thrown into the first team quite quickly.

“Everyone knew there was a good chance he’d become a top player. You can never say for definite anyone will make it but he’s now up there with the best.

“Not many players in the world have the type of talent he does. It was obvious Arsene Wenger believed in him straight away. He pushed him in to the team very quickly and showed a lot of faith in him and has been proved correct as Cesc is now one of the best players in the world.”