New coach Vahid Halilhodzic all but ended the international career of Yasuhito Endo by leaving the Samurai Blue`s most-capped player out of his bloated first squad for the March friendlies against Tunisia and Uzbekistan.
After almost ruling himself out of the Asian Cup by hurting himself playing foot volleyball, Japan`s Shinji Kagawa has turned to tennis for inspiration. As holders Japan prepared to take on Jordan in Melbourne, the Dortmund midfielder said the Blue Samurai would drew power from tennis superstar Kei Nishikori, playing at the Australian Open venue literally just across the road. "To see him competing at the very highest level in the world gives us a lot of strength. Hopefully we will both come away victorious," Kagawa said.
Japan`s new coach Javier Aguirre called up Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Wednesday for friendlies against Jamaica and Brazil this month, in his first international duty since leaving Manchester United.
Borussia Dortmund are hoping attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who returned after two years at Manchester United, can help lift the German team past Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday despite a growing injury list.
Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery scored in his first game this season as the champions moved joint top of the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Shinji Kagawa also enjoyed a goalscoring return as Borussia Dortmund saw off Freiburg.
Japanese international Shinji Kagawa has re-signed for former club Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of 8million euros ($10.5million, £6.3million) ending an unhappy two year spell with Manchester United German publication Bild claimed on Sunday.
With 10 days left for the English Premier League season to kick off, United`s players and Louis van Gaal have an interesting time ahead. The manager will be looking to cull down players he feels deemed for United. Several faces that include the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Javier Hernandez, Nani, Anderson and Marouane Fellaini are the pivotal faces that could leave Old Trafford.
New Manchester United manager has said he inherited a “broken squad” from his predecessor David Moyes at Manchester United. During the club`s pre-season US tour, the Dutchman has been often critical of the balance of his squad.
Louis van Gaal has criticized Manchester United for the third time during the pre-season US tour. The Dutchman joined the Old Trafford outfit after leading Netherlands to a third place finish at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.