Alcaraz happy heading for Wigan

  • By: Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport, Cape Town
  • Last Updated: June 15 2010, 12:25 BST

Paraguay hero Antolin Alcaraz insists he has no regrets about committing to Wigan despite his stock already rising after his goal against Italy.

Antolin Alcaraz heads home against Italy.

The defender, who will join the Latics from Club Brugge after the World Cup, headed his country in front in Cape Town.

While Italy levelled to draw 1-1 through Daniele De Rossi, their failure to hold on did not take the gloss off Alcaraz's big night.

"It's the most beautiful day of my life," he said.

He insists he has no regrets about signing with Wigan rather than waiting to put himself in the shop window in South Africa.

"I have a good contract with Wigan, I'm glad I'm going to the Premier League," he said.

"I talked to the coach Roberto Martinez and have a good feeling so I don't doubt my choice now."

With Group F games against Slovakia and New Zealand to come, Paraguay are confident of progression to the last 16.

"I'm just happy for the team," said Alcaraz. "I think we can do something in this group. This point is obviously very important."

Team-mate Lucas Barrios believes that, in theory, playing their toughest game first should make the rest of the group easier.

"The next match will be a bit different," said the striker. "We'll still try to score but it should be a bit easier for us. Considering it's a World Cup, though, you never know what's going to happen. We want three points in the next match."