Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said his side will be looking to show the world how strong his side are at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with the Italian believing his team are growing in confidence.
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Colombia may be the seeds, but picking the likely qualifiers from this section seems near-impossible, with Japan, Côte d’Ivoire and Greece all helping to make one of Brazil 2014's most evenly matched groups.
Shinji Kagawa has said that he is happy to play on the left for Manchester United and sees versatility as being key to improving his worth to the team.
FIFA.com reviews the Asian Zone qualifiers for Brazil 2014, which ended with Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic marching onwards to represent the continent.
Looking ahead to Manchester United's match-up against Stoke City, England midfielder Michael Carrick knows his side needs to maintain their positive performances seen in the UEFA Champions League at the weekend.