Keisuke Honda has been the key creative force in the Samurai Blue side for the best part of a decade and is an integral part of his country’s FIFA World Cup™ plans. A versatile attacking player, who can occupy most positions in the final third, he is also something of a set-piece specialist - either directing efforts at goal or delivering opportunities for his team-mates.
Honda has a good goalscoring record for someone who often does not feature as an out-and-out forward. He has 12 goals in 26 World Cup qualifiers, including seven on the road to Russia, and is his country’s leading World Cup goalscorer, with three strikes to his name. Honda knows Russia, and the country’s capital, particularly well, having plied his trade for CSKA Moscow between 2010 and 2014.