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Manchester United attacker Shinji Kagawa has played down the significance of Japan’s upcoming World Cup warmups and says results will only count when the Asian champions’ Group C campaign gets under way against Cote d’Ivoire on June 14.

Japan plays Cyprus in a send-off match in Saitama on Tuesday night and Alberto Zaccheroni’s men then depart on Thursday for the United States, where they will play two more tune-ups in Florida against Costa Rica and Zambia.

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