Larsson looks for final berth

Sebastian Larsson hopes he has done enough to earn a place in Sunderland's starting XI for the Capital One Cup final.

The Swede was named on the bench for the Black Cats' trip to Arsenal on Saturday, but was introduced at the interval as Gus Poyet's side found themselves 3-0 down.

He helped to stem the tide somewhat, as the game ended 4-1 to the hosts, and Larsson is now looking to play a more prominent role in Sunderland's quest to land major silverware at Wembley on Sunday.

The experienced midfielder, who tasted League Cup success with Birmingham City in 2011, said in the Evening Chronicle: "I would be lying if I said I did not care.

"I am desperate to play. If I do not it will be a massive disappointment.

"In a sense, it is the biggest game of the season for us, even though we have to make sure we stay in the league.

"It is a massive occasion and I have been lucky enough to go there before and win it.

"First of all, you always want to do well for yourself, but you need to do well for the team and the club, too.

"I do my best for the team and the club and whenever I am on the pitch I will do my best."