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Raul: Let’s make history and win the Cup for Wolves

Raul Jimenez wants to make history for Wolves by winning the FA Cup.

The 15-goal top scorer admits he was unaware of the club before he joined them on loan from Benfica, but has quickly become immersed in all things gold and black.

And after being such a big part of the run that has taken Wolves to their first semi-final for 21 years, the Mexican is determined to continue to make his mark.

Wolves last won the trophy in 1960 and they haven’t won a semi-final in the competition since, losing at the last-four stage in 1973, 1979, 1981 and 1998.

The 27-year-old striker is convinced that run can change when they face Watford at Wembley on Sunday, April 7.

Now that I’m here, I know Wolves are a very good team with a lot of great history,” said Jimenez.

It’s a very important cup, a special cup, so now I’m here, I’m going to go for it and think about winning it.

I really want to make my own history and help the club make history too.

There always seemed to be amazing atmospheres at FA Cup games, and now I want to look forward to the semi-final.

We have a very good opportunity to make history for the club, for us, and for all the supporters.”

Jimenez is going for his third win at Wembley, having been part of the Mexico team that beat Brazil to strike gold in the 2012 London Olympics, while he was in the Wolves team that beat Tottenham 3-1 – and scored in that game too.

I have very good memories from playing at Wembley, so I want to have more of those moments,” he added in the Wolves programme.

When I look around the dressing room, I see the faces of my team-mates and I know that we can do it.

We are making Wolves a big team, not just in England, but in Mexico.”

Wolves have surprised many people by their success this season, lying seventh and in the last four of the Cup despite only winning promotion last season.

Jimenez is delighted to be changing opinions of those who didn’t expect Wolves to be doing so well.

At the beginning of the season, I think most of the people expected us to be fighting for survival in the Premier League, but now we are fighting for Europe,” he said.

We are fighting for seventh place and we are in the FA Cup semi-finals, but with our effort and hard work, we are looking forward.

All of us want more. We have a lot of wins, but we always want more.”

Jimenez admits it is a dream come true playing in England, as he used to watch Cup games in Mexico.

I have followed the FA Cup since I was in Mexico. We knew there were some Mexican players playing here in England, so that’s the reason we would watch the FA Cup and the Premier League,” he said.

Since I was young, England was always one of the best countries to be playing football.

It’s a dream come true to be playing here, so I think I’m doing the right things to achieve what we want to do.”