Japan’s Honda admits to ‘failure’ before UAE clash


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Keisuke Honda (L)blames his own shortcomings for a debate about his future in Japan’s national squad

Japan’s Keisuke Honda has blamed his own shortcomings for sparking debate on his international future before this week’s World Cup qualifier in the United Arab Emirates, domestic media reported Tuesday.

Once a talismanic figure for Japan, the 30-year-old squeaked into coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad for Thursday’s clash despite being buried deep on the bench at AC Milan for much of the season.

“I do understand people asking how a person who’s not playing for his club should be picked for his country,” Honda told Japan’s Nikkan Sports daily.

“Of course, it’s not just in Japan, or in the world of football or any sport, where that’s an issue. What’s most important is to work hard and produce results,” he added.

“The fact people are saying all sorts of…



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