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UPDATED: 08:44, July 27, 2006
Japan's Yuji Nakazawa may retire from international soccer
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Japan's national team defender Yuji Nakazawa, who played all three matches for the country in World Cup 2006, may retire from international soccer, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

Talking about an earlier media report that said he has decided to quit the national team, the 28-year-old defender said he has "actually thought about the thing".

The Sports Nippon newspaper reported that Nakazawa has already informed his club Yokohama F Marinos and Japan Football Association technical director Kozo Tashima of his intention to end his international career.

However, Tashima said he has heard nothing official about the reported move by Nakazawa, the 2004 J-League player of the year.

Earlier this year, Nakazawa said he would probably make the only World Cup appearance of his career in the tournament in Germany, because of his lingering fitness problems amid tight match schedules for both his J-League side and the national squad.

Nakazawa, with a hamstring injury, has been ruled out for Japan's home friendly on August 9 against Trinidad and Tobago, and their Asian Cup qualifier at home to Yemen a week later.

Source: Xinhua


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