• Kyodo


After a deeply frustrating second season with Manchester United, attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa admitted he was both delighted and relieved to be named to Japan’s 23-man squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil on Monday — after learning of the news from a cabin attendant on his flight into Tokyo.

“It wasn’t announced on the plane, a regular cabin attendant gave me the message (via the pilot),” Kagawa told reporters after landing in at Haneda airport. “Quite simply I am relieved. But (just) being a member of the team is not my goal. My aim is to deliver results.”

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