Honda Slams Ja­pan’s Fired Coach

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TOKYO (Dis­patches) Ja­pan for­ward Keisuke Honda has slammed for­mer na­tional team boss Vahid Halil­hodzic’s meth­ods as the fall­out from his abrupt dis­missal as coach con­tin­ued in the run-up to the World Cup.

The tal­is­manic 31-year-old, who had be­come a pe­riph­eral fig­ure un­der Halil­hodzic, told Ja­panese broad­caster NHK that he was frus­trated at the rigid tac­tics be­ing de­ployed by the fire­brand Franco-Bos­nian.

“I don’t have any re­grets (about the change of lead­er­ship),” Honda said in a doc­u­men­tary that aired late on Mon­day.

“To sub­mit my­self to the kind of foot­ball Halil­hodzic played in or­der to get picked, that would be shame­ful for me,” sniffed the for­mer AC Mi­lan player. “I’m proud that I’ve stayed true to my­self.” Honda, cur­rently play­ing for Mex­ico’s Pachuca, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when his goals helped Ja­pan reach the last 16.

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