FOOTBALL- Keisuke Honda announced his retirement from international football following Japan’s 2-3 loss to Belgium in the knock out stage of 2018 FIA World Cup on Monday.
“I might have finished my career for the national team, but I’m happy because we have many young players following us, and I think that they will make new history for Japanese football,” the former AC Milan midfielder told reporters after the match.
“This is the last World Cup for me,” Honda added. “That’s the reality. To be perfectly honest, I wanted to take everyone to the next round but I couldn’t get the job done. I did everything I could. I did the best I could.
“Belgium deserved the win, but we also played as well as we possibly could. I just want to thank my team mates.”
Honda, 32, scored 37 times in 98 appearances for his country.