The former Inter Milan and Liverpool coach Hodgson said in an interview that he thinks Zanetti and Milner are very similar, and he also admitted that he did not expect the former to eventually become a player who writes the history of the Nerazzurri.
"Zanetti joined Inter Milan because Inter Milan wanted to sign a player named Lambert. Zanetti was just an addition to that deal." said Hodgson, who is currently coaching Crystal Palace.
"He didn't have any influence when he joined Inter Milan, but from the very beginning he showed incredible physical fitness. Even today, only Milner among the players I have worked with has that. physical fitness."
"Zanetti’s incredible physical quality allows him to run continuously and never give up on the court. His other outstanding ability is that he can still bring the ball out in a small area, even if he has at least Two defensive players."
"Zanetti's great career began in the two seasons I coached Inter Milan, but as he grew older, he became better and better. I can't say that I ever expected him to become such a great player. He was able to succeed because he worked very hard, he knew exactly what to do and not to do, and then did what he should do best. I think Zanetti and Milner have many similarities."