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Javier Aguirre has vowed to rise to the challenge of qualifying Japan for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after the former Mexico and Espanyol boss was unveiled as new manager of the national soccer team on Monday.

“Japan is a country that has a lot of fantastic players and I am happy to be the coach. I absolutely want to get the team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” Aguirre told a packed news conference in Tokyo.

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