Wednesday November 30 2011
Hodgson: Zanetti like Matthews

Javier Zanetti presents his new book and Roy Hodgson insists the Inter veteran can match Stanley Matthews’ retirement at age 49.

The captain releases a tome titled ‘757, record of faithfulness,’ named after the appearances in official competitions he notched up to beat Beppe Bergomi’s previous club record.

“I have many great memories tied to my career, right the way through my growth at Inter, the various victories, but above all I’ll remember the triumph in Madrid. That night will forever remain in my heart,” said Zanetti.

The Nerazzurri won the Champions League at the Bernabeu in Madrid, beating Bayern Munich 2-0 on May 22, 2010.

Among those who have written for the book are former Inter Coach Hodgson, who even suggested Zanetti can keep going for another 11 years!

Hodgson believes the Argentine, who is already 38, can match the legendary Stanley Matthews in playing until the age of 49.

It’s not so very implausible, as Zanetti has played all 17 of Inter’s official games this season without being substituted.

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