Shinji Okazaki has been left out of Japan’s squad for upcoming friendlies
Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki has been left out of their upcoming friendlies in a bizarre move by Japan manager Vahid Halilhodžić.
The Japanese striker has over 100 appearances for Japan scoring 50 goals.
Japan boss Halilhodžić was questioned about his decision to leave the ex-premier league winner out of the squad and responded
‘The strikers I’ve called up have different qualities to Okazaki. They are goalscorers’.
Vahid went on to say that Shinji’s role at Leicester is different to his role in the national team.
The coach has chosen Yu Kobayashi, who has scored 23 goals in 34 games for Kawasaki Frontale last season, Yuya Osako who has scored just 3 goals in 19 games for Koln this season and Kenyu Sugimoto who has an impressive record scoring 22 goals in 24 matches for Cerezo Osaka last season.
This might be the end for Shinji Okazaki at international level, and to be labelled as “not a goalscorer” is a strange comment from the Japanese boss.
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