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King Kazu breaks records again in J.League match

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It was a disgrace that he was omitted from the 1998 World Cup squad. I greatly admire his dedication and love for the game but lets be honest..... he is not in todays line up on merit. Sorry Kazu, its time to hang up the boots and go into management or coaching.

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Mr KiplingToday 08:04 am JST

It was a disgrace that he was omitted from the 1998 World Cup squad."

Silly comment. He was already 31 by the time the world cup came around. His qualifying goal totals were also inflated with 10 goals against the likes of Macau and Nepal, hardly world cup quality sides. Very rare for an older striker to be able to compete at the WC level , although there are exceptions such as Roger Milla of Cameroon.

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Jessie... Japan in 1998 were a very different side to today. Back then totally uncompetitive, just making up the numbers. Having an older seasoned and experienced player on the team would not have been a bad idea. Yes he was 31, thats not too old especially considering the players they took were out of their depth and performed badly. After all he had done for Japanese football, they owed him his place on the squad.

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Mr KiplingToday 03:07 pm JST

After all he had done for Japanese football, they owed him his place on the squad."*

Nobody is owed a place on any national squad and have to earn it. His performance numbers playing in European leagues alone, were very revealing. 12 games in Croatia, 0 goals. 21 games in Italy, 1 goal. That is 1 goal in 33 games against European style defenses. That is simply not good enough. Japan was in a tough physical group with Jamaica, Argentina and Croatia and needed physically stronger forwards. Very different from playing Macau, Maldives, or other footballing minnows. Will have to go with the Manager's final selection based on performance potential, rather than your second guessing it for compassionate reasons.

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