The 2014 World Cup, the world’s biggest football competition, is just 10 days away, and while all eyes are on countries like Germany, Spain and host Brazil, Japanese football superstar Keisuke Honda believes the Samurai Blue have a fighting chance of winning it all. He is raring to go and pull a massive upset and says he will be playing like this will be his last World Cup.
But before Honda’s fans start panicking, he is not saying he will be retiring from international football duties. He says that since the World Cup comes only every four years, not every player is guaranteed that they will be playing in the next one. I intend to challenge as though this one is the last for me,” he declares. He also stressed that the team should not be looking back on the past four years after finishing in the last 16 in the last World Cup but instead focus on the next few days as they do their final preparations before heading to Brazil.
The squad is currently in Florida for a training camp where they will also be having two friendly matches, one against Zambia and another against fellow World Cup hopeful Costa Rica, whom they might potentially face in the round of 16. Honda says, “I think the most important thing is how we spend time over the next two weeks, how we make a good atmosphere.” He is confident he is one of the players who can do that and will be working really hard over the next few days to have a shot at making it to the final. “Everything, the result, how we play. Everything is important for the World Cup and for our confidence,” he says. The Samurai Blue, led by Honda and other European-based superstars like Shinji Kagawa and Yuto Nagatomo, will be facing Cote d’Ivoire, Greece and Colombia in their Group matches and they are highly-favored to move on to the knock-out stages.