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Monday, June 05, 2006

Nakata: Japan is not ready for the Cup

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Hidetoshi Nakata is the main player in Japan squad, but somehow he's not happy with the situation. Nakata has expressed his disappointment with the 'Blue Samurai's' attitude a week before their first match against Australia.

Nakata feels his teammates are not pullinmg hard enough, specially in their last preparation game against Malta. "We got nothing from this match," he said. "It doesn't matter what sort of football you play, unless you run and work for each other it's pointless. Those are basic concepts."

The Bolton midfielder has already complained that the atmosphere within the Japanese team was "too friendly" and said the Asian champions were "not ready" to face this Cup.

Shunsuke Nakamura, the only squad member who has dared to cross swords with Nakata, suggested his fellow midfielder might want to lighten up. But Nakata needs to express his voice.

"We're hardly at the stage where we can suddenly change things," Nakata told reporters. "I feel that we're missing the heart."

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