• Kyodo, Reuters

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AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda jokingly questioned whether he was the right man to lead Japan after he was made captain for Friday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Uruguay in coach Javier Aguirre’s first game in charge.

With regular captain Makoto Hasebe having been forced to leave the team on Thursday with a left knee injury, Honda got the nod for the captain’s armband ahead of goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and Southampton central defender Maya Yoshida.

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