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

my company Japan 's Yasuhito Endo reacted with mock horror after learning he visit here had tied German superstar Lothar Matthaeus by winning his 150th cap in his country's 1-0 Asian Cup victory over Iraq. 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 web site 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.
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