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

"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 so many caps is obviously something I can be proud of, and matching Matthaeus is 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 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. "I plan to prolong my international career as long as I can," added Endo, who scored in the 4-0 thrashing of Palestine in Japan's opening game at the Asian Cup last Monday and turns 35 three days before the tournament final in Sydney on January 31. "Endo is a wonderful view human being," said Aguirre, who brought him http://www.blackplanet.com/your_page/blog/view_posting.html?pid=2379419&profile_id=63035094&profile_name=olinolbf&user_id=63035094&username=olinolbf back into the international fold after a poor run of form since taking over from Alberto Zaccheroni post-Brazil. "He is a big presence for this team." Endo, who shuns the limelight in a Japan team dominated by spiky cult hero Keisuke Honda and the mercurial Shinji Kagawa, insisted he still had a role to play for the defending Asian Cup champions.
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