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When Keisuke Honda arrived at Narita airport late last month for Japan’s Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain, he insisted he was “no savior” for a national team that had seriously lost its way. But with every impressive performance he gives, the 23-year-old is finding it harder to get people to listen.

Honda has emerged as one of the hottest talents in the European game, making such a blistering start to life at his new club CSKA Moscow that talk has already switched to where he will move next.

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