Alberto Zaccheroni's men have an excellent chance of reaching the knockout stages after being drawn in Group C with Colombia, Greece and the aforementioned Ivorians. While much is expected of Kagawa, the 25-year-old is braced for the challenge.
"I will just get ready to show my performances, I don't think I should be too greedy," Shinji explains. "I am just getting myself ready for the first match in a calm manner. I am going to play and keep myself under control. I am preparing myself for it. But who knows? You might feel nervous or overwhelmed. You never know how you will actually feel until you get there.
"Again, I try not to fantasise or to be obsessed. Let's say, I try not to imagine myself scoring three goals in the first match. I just think it is best if I can show what I have got, setting my ego aside."
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