Eto'o could play another World Cup, says Finke

The German coach expects his star man to keep on playing for his country, while laughing off match-fixing rumours surrounding the Africans' last group game
By Stefan Coerts in Brasilia

Cameroon coach Volker Finke says Samuel Eto'o is not considering retiring from international duty and believes the former Inter and Chelsea striker could even make an appearance at the 2018 World Cup.

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The 33-year-old has made over 100 international appearances for the Indomitable Lions, but was expected to say farewell to the national side after this summer's World Cup following some heavy criticism for his role in the bonus row preceding the tournament.

Nevertheless, Finke is confident Eto'o will continue to serve his country and even thinks he could make it to Russia in four years' time.

"I don’t think we have to talk about letting Eto’o play against Brazil to pay homage to him," Finke said at a press conference ahead of his side's last group game at the Estadio Mane Garrincha.

"This is not necessarily his last match for Cameroon – or at the World Cup.

"I know that he wants to play on for a few more years, at least for two or three more years. He could even make it to another World Cup."

Eto'o missed Cameroon's 4-0 loss against Croatia last week due to injury and Finke has made it clear that the striker will not start against Brazil either.

"Eto’o’s situation has not changed since Croatia. He is training individually and missed team training today.

"Maybe he can play a few minutes, but it’s out of the question that he will start. I don’t believe in miracles.

"He needs another two weeks to be fully fit and he’s an amazing player if fit. He is the skipper and can still motivate the team."

It has been suggested that the outcome of the game between Cameroon and Brazil could be fixed as the African giants have nothing left to play for, but Finke has insisted that his players will give their all in order to get a good result versus the hosts.

"Match-fixing claims? I have not heard anything about this.

"I know my team and this is absolutely out of the question. It’s completely impossible that my players will throw the game."