Goalkeeper Narazaki retires from Japan team

Tokyo: Goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki has called time on his Japan career after earning 77 caps and being selected to four World Cup squads.

The 34-year-old played his final international game in Tuesday`s 2-1 win over Guatemala in Osaka.

"I`ve been planning it since the World Cup but didn`t have the chance to announce it because Japan were still looking for a new coach," Narazaki told reporters.

Narazaki was a starter for Japan at the 2002 World Cup on home soil and had been a regular before losing his place to Eiji Kawashima at this year`s finals in South Africa.

"I went to four World Cups and have been part of the Japan squad since I was 20," Narazaki added. "Unless the country suddenly runs out of goalkeepers my decision is final."

Bureau Report