STUART McCall admits his Wembley team selection will be his toughest call since coming back to City.
McCall believes the Bantams have fully justified their place in tomorrow’s League One play-off final against Millwall.
And he feels for those players who will inevitably have to miss out as they aim to cap a memorable season with promotion to the Championship.
“I’ve got a lot of big decisions to make,” he said. “That’s the hard part of being a manager when it comes to games like this.
“With six games of the season to go, when it was still nip and tuck for the play-offs, we had a meeting at the training ground on the pitch.
“I told all the players that if we were going to get our dream of reaching Wembley make sure between now and then you’re on the bus when it travels.
“I’ve got to say every one of them has done that, be it in training, be it when you’ve been a sub in games you think you should have played in or when they’ve started.
“The hard thing now is to leave a couple of lads out of the 20, let alone the 18, let alone the 11.”
City travelled south yesterday and plan to have a look at the Wembley pitch ahead of the game.
Alex Jones is back in contention after training strongly all week without any problem from the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the Fleetwood semi-finals.
With Alex Gilliead and Matt Kilgallon also back in the mix, McCall has plenty of options to consider.
He added: “Jones has been looking sharp and Gilly and Killa managed to get themselves back and have had a lot of training. There are a few things to take into account.
“Everyone has taken up the challenge. The level of performance and desire has been excellent.
“I genuinely believe the group of players and the squad deserve to be at Wembley. We’ve been one of the best four sides in the league.
“I’m not saying we deserve to be in the Championship. That will all depend on what we do tomorrow.
“But I think the group, the way they play, the togetherness, everything about them, have merited going to Wembley.”
Both league clashes with Millwall finished 1-1 and the bookies are struggling to split the teams with the pre-match odds.
But having lost only seven games all season, McCall is confident his side are capable of delivering one more big performance to win promotion on the biggest stage.
The City boss said: “It has given me so much pride, since the end of the Fleetwood game, to think of the excitement of the fans and everyone connected with the football club.
“The buzz around the city and the club has been brilliant.
“But all that counts for nothing come tomorrow. We know it’s not about going for a day out. All I want the players to do is be the best they can.
“If they have the same togetherness, desire and commitment they’ve shown all season, allied to the quality and ability, then we’ll have a really good chance.”
Former Bantams chief Phil Parkinson will be at the game as a TV studio pundit.