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Honda: Japan will attack

June 9, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Japan playmaker Keisuke Honda has promised Japan will have an attacking philosophy at the World Cup as they look to qualify from a group containing Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon, who they play in their opening game on Monday.

Keisuke Honda
GettyImagesKeisuke Honda: Crucial for Japan's hopes

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Honda is confident, despite Japan being the lowest ranked team in their group. "If you want to survive in the world of football, attack is the best strategy," he told "Our coach says he really wants to bring in an offensive style of football."

Coach Takeshi Okada criticised Japan for "not being aggressive enough" in their 2-0 defeat to Ivory Coast last Friday and has organised a hastily-arranged final pre-World Cup friendly against Mozambique on Thursday.

Japan have suffered four succesive defeats ahead of their World Cup campaign and face a tough task to reach the knockout stages, so the game has been organised in the hope of providing a timely boost to confidence.

Mozambique lost 3-0 to Portugal in Johannesburg on Tuesday and will head to Japan's base in George for the behind-closed-doors match, which will be split into three 30-minute periods.