Shinji Kagawa has unsurprisingly been selected in Japan’s squad for the World Cup this summer in Brazil.
The 25-year-old may not have had the most prolific of seasons but he is still one of Japan’s best players and he is hoping to put the disappointment of this year behind him.
Despite not having the impact he would have liked, Kagawa defended himself and insisted his commitment never wavered.
“I have experienced a lot in Europe over these four years, especially this year. I had won the league the previous three years,” he said.
“This year the manager changed and it has been a really hard year in many ways but I think it has been really good for me to experience both good times and bad times at the top level in Europe.
“There have been times when I thought my spirit would break and I just thought I have to believe in myself. In the end it has been a really disappointing season what with not scoring a single goal but I was never slacked off in training or matches.”
At one point this season, it looked like Kagawa would never be able to get into the team after being frozen out by David Moyes but in the second half of the year, he started to put in some markedly improved performances, especially when played alongside Juan Mata.
Kagawa’s agent has insisted he is happy at United and has no intention of going anywhere so the commitment is there from him on that front and if the Japanese playmaker can light up the World Cup, it will put him in good stead ahead of our pre-season tour of USA.