Keisuke Honda is aiming to continue playing international football after announcing his intention to compete at Tokyo 2020 Olympics as an overage player.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Defender Gotoku Sakai becomes third Japanese player to retire after elimination from tournament
Japanese defender Gotoku Sakai has become the third player to retire after Japan's heart-breaking late defeat against Belgium eliminated them from the World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan captain Makoto Hasebe retires from international football after heartbreaking loss to Belgium
"I have decided to end the chapter of my career with the national team with this tournament," Hasebe wrote on his Instagram account.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan have blueprint for future, says Keisuke Honda after painful end to tournament
Keisuke Honda said his country had a blueprint for the future despite being knocked out of the World Cup in painful fashion by Belgium on Monday.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan midfielder Takashi Inui rues missed opportunity to ensure qualification against Senegal
Japan midfielder Takashi Inui rues missed opportunities in the 2-2 draw against Senegal, in spite of scoring and assisting. A win in the match would have meant qualification for Japan.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Substitute Keisuke Honda salvages 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal with late strike
Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter on Sunday.
Neymar scored a penalty and missed another as Brazil signalled their intent ahead of next year's World Cup by outclassing Japan 3-1
Keisuke Honda is out to be a hero again for Japan against Australia in Thursday's crunch World Cup qualifier while South Korea will hope to secure a berth in Russia next year.
Veteran coach Alberto Zaccheroni was hired to take Japan to the next level and, after what many supporters perceive as a favorable draw in a group with Ivory Coast, Greece and Colombia, expectations for the team progressing further than they did four years ago are high.
The 62,000-plus crowd at Saitama stadium survived anxious moments before playmaker Keisuke Honda converted an injury-time penalty.