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  • Millwall take on Leicester in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday at the Den
  • The League One side defeated Watford 1-0 in the previous round 
  • Claudio Ranieri may rest players for their Premier League relegation battle
  • Riyad Mahrez has been out of sorts this season with just three league strikes 

By Helen Rowe-willcocks, Press Association

Published: 07:35 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 07:35 EST, 17 February 2017

Millwall captain Tony Craig is looking forward playing against the current Premier League champions when Leicester come to the Den in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The 31-year-old defender is on his fourth spell at the club after coming through the youth ranks at the London club and has featured in every game in the competition so far.

Leicester's squad includes last season's PFA Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, and Craig is looking forward to playing against 'one of the best players' in the country.

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Riyad Mahrez has not been able to replicate the form of his PFA Player of the Year season Riyad Mahrez has not been able to replicate the form of his PFA Player of the Year season

Riyad Mahrez has not been able to replicate the form of his PFA Player of the Year season

He said: 'It is a great challenge, they have a great squad, a great team and we are looking forward to them coming to the Den.

'It is a great challenge for me personally, whether Mahrez plays or whoever plays.

'I would love to play against Mahrez, he's one of the best players right now, it would be good to see who comes out on top and see how it goes.

Millwall beat Watford 1-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Steve Morison goal Millwall beat Watford 1-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Steve Morison goal

Millwall beat Watford 1-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to a late Steve Morison goal

'If he plays then fantastic, to play against a player of that calibre would be brilliant.'

Millwall have already beaten two Premier League opponents in the FA Cup this season after accounting for Bournemouth and Watford, who both made a host of changes for the fixtures.

Craig believes that the victories were a result of Millwall's positive displays, rather than the top-flight teams underestimating them.

He said: 'I didn't feel disrespected in any way. They have a squad and they certainly paid a lot of money for those players we played against in those two games.

Claudio Ranieri may rotate his squad for the clash with Premier League survival in the balance Claudio Ranieri may rotate his squad for the clash with Premier League survival in the balance

Claudio Ranieri may rotate his squad for the clash with Premier League survival in the balance

'I don't think they underestimated us in any way.

'I think we had a really good account for ourselves, if you look back they were two very strong performances from ourselves as well.

'We just need to concentrate on ourselves, we have a strategy we will use on Saturday and hopefully that could work.'

Lions goalkeeper Jordan Archer started his career at Tottenham but he believes moving to Sky Bet League One's Millwall was the best move for his career.

He said: 'At Spurs I was behind some of the greatest goalkeepers in the world so I knew I wasn't going to get to play there.

'There comes a time in your career where you know when you have to go and get some games under your belt.

'I was fortunate to be able to come to such a big club like this and even more fortunate to be able to get into the team and get a string of games.

'This game is a massive game, it is kind of a free game as well because we are expected to lose.

'Our main focus is to get the club back into the Championship so a game like this brings the club together. We are going to go out there and enjoy ourselves.


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