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Sunderland skipper Cattermole ready for Middlesbrough jeers

Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole is ready to face former club Middlesbrough tonight.

The Capital One Cup tie is Sunderland's second derby in just over a week.

He told the Daily Mail: "When I first went back to Boro with Wigan, that was the most nervous I've been before a game. It's a bit different this time around because I haven't been getting home too much.

"There'll be 3,000 Boro fans here and I'm sure I'll know most of them. I'm sure I'll get booed, but then again I get booed most places I go.

"I was delighted when we drew Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last year, but I pulled my hamstring on the Friday before the game and had to sit out the game. I also missed the return leg at Middlesbrough.

"Boro will always be close to my heart and I will always be asking after them. I still speak to quite a few people down there and people like Woodgate, Parnaby and Bates are still mates.

"You move around in football, but I will always remember my time at Middlesbrough very fondly."

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