A right-footed left-winger by trade, who can also play in an attacking midfield role, Takashi Inui has often found himself as a squad member, a rotational option for a variety of coaches, since making his Samurai Blue debut in 2009. He appeared just once on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, starting the crucial 2-0 qualifying victory against Australia that sealed Japan’s spot at the global finals.
He travelled to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, playing two minutes against the hosts, but missed out on a spot at the global showpiece a year later. One of the few Japanese players to have found himself at home in Spain, Inui had been a regular at La Liga side Eibar since arriving in 2015 after a spell in Germany with VfL Bochum and Eintracht Frankfurt. Next season, the winger will ply his trade with Real Betis.