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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Nakamura Must Play Regularly To Get in Japan Side

Shunsuke Nakamura, recently of Celtic and now at Espanyol, has been told by Japan head coach Takeshi Okada that he must feature regularly for the Spanish side in order to be considered for the World Cup finals in South Africa 2010.

While I'm all in favour of giving players an incentive to perform at their best, is Okada really trying to convince us that he will leave out the man who is by far Japan's most creative player if he doesn't start, say, 30 matches for Espanyol next season.

Who is Okada trying to kid. I'll bet a pound to a penny that if Nakamura features mainly as a substitute, come the end of the season, Okada will be praising him for how fresh he will be for the World Cup.

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posted by mark_s at 6:40 PM


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