Tuesday, 22nd June 2010
Japan captain Hasebe warns Denmark
Makoto Hasebe, captain of Japan's World Cup squad, has warned the team's next opponents Denmark that the Japanese are improving every day and will give them a tough game.
Japan recorded their first ever World Cup victory on foreign soil with a 1-0 win against Cameroon in their opening match before succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Holland in the second.
Despite the setback against the Dutch, Hasebe believes the team is going from strength to strength and Thursday's (June 24th's) game against Denmark represents a good chance to build on their success.
"We are getting better and better as a team and the players are feeling it. We are going to play with a positive attitude and the Dutch game was useful to us as we could try many offensive patterns," he said.
Japan co-hosted the World Cup in 2002 with South Korea and reached round 16 where they lost to eventual semi-finalists Turkey 1-0.
Written by Kimberley Homer