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Xavi plays down Zidane comparison ahead of 100th cap

Spain midfielder Xavi played down a comparison with Zinedine Zidane on Thursday on the eve of his 100th appearance for his country.

The 31-year-old, who is closing in on Raul's tally of 102 caps, was compared this week to former France playmaker Zidane by Spain team mate Javi Martinez as the world and European champions prepare for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Czech Republic in Granada.

"I have experienced some fantastic years with the national team as part of a wonderful generation of players and I hope to play on for many more," he added.

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