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Hodgson reveals wonderful gesture from departing Palace legend Speroni

10 May 2019

As Julián Speroni approaches his final game as a player of Crystal Palace Football Club, Roy Hodgson was discussing the chances of the Eagles legend playing against Bournemouth, in what would be the 'keeper's 406th appearance for the south Londoners.

Hodgson said: "I think those sort of sentimental moments are debateable, and whether they are the right thing to do or not. However, I didn’t have a decision to make on that front because Julián, who is a consummate professional, made it clear to me that he thinks we should carry on approaching this game in the professional way we’ve approached all games this season; he doesn’t see a reason why all of a sudden he should be made the second goalkeeper or put on to the field of play just because the last game of the season.

"And I think in many ways that tells you more about Julián Speroni as a professional and as a person than many other things that are going to be said about him. In fact, I was very touched by the fact he wasn’t looking to get that gesture of where he would come on for five or 10 minutes and the crowd would go wild; he has taken that out of my hands by making it clear that is not what he wants. But I am also sure that he will get a fantastic reception because after the game we will be thanking our fans."

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