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Japan's Midfielder Endo Reaches 150 Int'l Caps - Yahoo Sports

The 34-year-old midfielder, given his international debut by Brazilian Zico in 2002, is expected to surpass Matthaeus, who skippered West Germany to World Cup glory in 1990, when the Blue Samurai play Jordan in their final Group D game on Tuesday. "Me going level with Matthaeus is a bit of an insult to Matthaeus," said Japan's record caps holder, initially discarded by Japan coach Javier Aguirre following their flop at last year's World Cup before forcing his way back into the Mexican's reckoning. "But winning http://chrisxaek.newsvine.com so many caps is obviously something I can be proud of, and matching Matthaeus is home another thing I can look back on and boast about when I'm no longer playing. "I remember my first international appearance and my first goal for my country. But I don't want to look back and single out any one game," added the J-League player of the year after becoming the check this out 16th player in FIFA records to reach the 150-cap milestone. "I mean, I don't think I'm finished yet," said Endo, dubbed Japan's "mole in the hole" by former Gamba Osaka manager Akira Nishino for his ability to pop up in space.
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