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Former Celtic ace Nakamura not targeting Japan return

Shunsuke Nakamura has ruled out the possibility of a return to the Japan national team.

The 35-year old Yokohama F. Marinos midfielder, who was the J.League Player of the Year in 2013, retired from international football after the 2010 World Cup but is being linked with a potential comeback too the Blue Samurai line-up ahead of Brazil 2014.

But the former Celtic star, who has had stints with Reggina in Italy and Espanyol in Spain, has made it clear that he has no plans to try and force his way into Alberto Zaccheroni's Japan side.

"At that time (when I retired from the national team) I was struggling and the only way to restore myself was by focusing on Yokohama F. Marinos," he said.

"Just the fact that people are saying that (they want me to return to the national team) makes me happy, but I am done. As a player I want a beautiful finish to my career.

"Unless you still have that desire then there is no point."

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