Japan keeper Narazaki retires

Japan national team goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki has retired from the international scene.

Japan national team goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki has retired from the international scene.

The 34-year old, who has represented his nation on 77 occasions, decided that Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Guatemala would be his last match for the Blue Samurai.

“I talked to (JFA technical director Hiromi) Hara-san over the last several days, and I asked him to take me off his list,” Narazaki said.

“I’ve been thinking about it ever since I got back from the World Cup, but I had put off announcing it because we couldn’t find a new manager. Everyone has told me I can keep going, but my mind is set. I know what I want.”

Narazaki will now focus his attention on winning the J-League title with league leaders Nagoya Grampus.

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