James McCarthy aiming for FA Cup glory with Everton

The Toffees midfielder has set his sights on silverware this season, but is wary of the challenges his side face in the last four

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has revealed that winning the FA Cup is Toffees' main aim this season, claiming that the club's cup destiny 'is in our hands'.

Roberto Martinez's side currently sit 12th in the Premier League with nine games remaining, and McCarthy believes lifting the cup would be their best chance at a successful campaign.

"I think each and every one of us in the squad want to win something," the 25-year-old told Goal

"It's still a long way off, but we're in the semi-finals and we're looking forward to it."

Everton have a game in hand on most of their Premier League rivals, and the Republic of Ireland international knows that continued success in the FA Cup could help reinvigorate their disappointing league campaign.

"Obviously we need to try to kick on up this table, and finish the season strongly," McCarthy continued.

"Hopefully we can win the cup. It's in our hands now. Obviously Man United or West Ham is going to be tough, and then the other semi-final. We need to kick up the league and hopefully win the cup."

The former Wigan Athletic midfielder featured twice for his country during the international break, lining up alongside Aiden McGeady in the 1-0 win over Switzerland and the 2-2 draw with Switzerland, and McCarthy is pleased to see his clubmate finally getting a chance on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.

"It's good to see him playing games," McCarthy admitted. 

"Hopefully he can kick on from now until the end of the season, and finish the season strongly. He's playing every week and it's good to see that."

Former Everton defender Shane Duffy was another Republic of Ireland player who shone during the international break, with McCarthy impressed by his performance in a green jersey.

"He done very well. He's shown it week in, week out with Blackburn," the Glasgow native said. 

"It's good to see him do well on the international stage."