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Thursday, 9th September 2010
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Japan's international goalkeeper retires

Leading goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki has announced his retirement from Japan's international squad.

Having played in four World Cup teams and earning a total of 77 caps for his country, he has decided that it is time to step back from his international duties. The footballer made his final appearance for his country on Tuesday, winning 2-1 against Guatemala.

"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," said the 34-year-old player.

He added that he has been a member of the Japan football team since he was 20 years old and that his decision to retire is final. It is likely that he will continue playing domestic football with Nagoya Grampus Eight.

Narazaki was part of the 2010 World Cup squad but remained on the bench for the tournament, with Eiji Kawashima being the team's first choice keeper.

Written by Susan Ballion