Macca’s focus solely on Everton

Wigan's James McArthur says his focus is now on Everton
Wigan's James McArthur says his focus is now on Everton

JAMES McArthur insists his international recall is a distant second on his priority list at the moment – behind Wigan’s crunch clash this weekend with Everton.

McArthur, along with Gary Caldwell and Shaun Maloney, was named in Craig Levein’s Scotland squad for the upcoming matches against Wales and Belgium.It’s a welcome return for the all-action midfielder, who was left out of the last couple of squads after a back injury picked up over the summer affected his pre-season programme. But a sparkling start to the campaign means he’s back in the fold for two potentially massive games.

While delighted at his recall, McArthur has stressed it’s all about Latics versus the Toffees for the next few days.

“All I’m focusing on is Saturday’s game, and making sure we get three points on the board,” he told the Evening Post.

“I’m obviously delighted to back in the Scotland squad, but the international stuff will take care of itself next week.

“In the meantime, all we’re thinking of is Everton and getting our season back on track.”

Roberto Martinez will be in the technical area as usual for the game after the Latics chief escaped a touchline ban.

The Spaniard was fined £10,000 after admitting a charge of misconduct in relation to comments made after his side’s game against Manchester United last month.

But the governing body stopped short of ordering him to relocate to the stands for a short period.

“The charge was in relation to a breach of FA Rule E3 concerning media comments which implied that the match referee and/or match officials in general are motivated by bias and/or brought the game into disrepute,” the FA confirmed.

“Martinez, who had requested a personal hearing, was also warned as to his future conduct.”

The Spaniard had previously been fined £2,250 and warned following his post-match reaction to Stuart Attwell’s decision to red-card Gary Caldwell in a controversial 3-0 defeat at Manchester City three seasons ago.