Danny Shittu harbours no fear as he leads Millwall against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final

The defender is inspired by the fact that Lionel Messi did not score against him or Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup

Millwall captain Danny Shittu will lead the Championship side, in their semi-final FA Cup match against Wigan on Saturday at Wembley and he said after marking Lionel Messi at the 2010 World Cup, he does not fear anyone again.

“In the 2010 World Cup, for Nigeria, I marked Lionel Messi and he didn’t score,” Shittu told the Daily Mail.

“I joke about it but it does give me inspiration and belief. I learnt not to fear anyone. Nothing is impossible in football or in life. I want people to believe that, no matter what they do.”

Millwall beat Aston Villa in the quarter final and the Nigerian defender believes that they can get into the final of the FA Cup.

“We play Wigan in the semi-finals and that’s a hard game. They play good football so we can’t afford to give up possession as it can be hard to get it off them.

“But this [Wigan] game is just another game – and that’s the approach we need.

“We beat Aston Villa. We kept them quiet with a clean sheet. We beat Blackburn, who have a lot of good players. Against Wigan, we know if we play our game we can win. That’s what we do.

 “If we go out there and get in their faces and work hard we can match them on the day.

“We will be bringing 30 or 40,000 fans and hopefully we can make it like the Den. That would certainly help!

I don’t really study teams before we play them, but I was at the QPR-Wigan game because I’ve had three spells at QPR and it was a good chance to see some friends and check out Wigan,” Shittu concluded.