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Football: Kagawa breaks duck as Japan beat New Zealand 4-2

Manchester United bench-warmer Shinji Kagawa scored his first international goal for six months in a message to his boss David Moyes, as Japan beat New Zealand 4-2 in a friendly on Wednesday. A total of four goals in the first 17 minutes, including a brace from Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki, sealed victory for the Blue Samurai in their last international match before coach Alberto Zaccheroni selects his 23-strong squad in early May for the World Cup in Brazil. Leicester City striker Chris Wood scored twice to save the All Whites' blushes.

Football: Kagawa breaks duck as Japan beat New Zealand 4-2

Manchester United bench-warmer Shinji Kagawa scored his first international goal for six months in a message to his boss David Moyes, as Japan beat New Zealand 4-2 in a friendly on Wednesday. A total of four goals in the first 17 minutes, including a brace from Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki, sealed victory for the Blue Samurai in their last international match before coach Alberto Zaccheroni selects his 23-strong squad in early May for the World Cup in Brazil. Leicester City striker Chris Wood scored twice to save the All Whites' blushes.

Football: Moyes hails Kagawa's 'best performance yet'

Manchester United manager David Moyes declared that he had had his eyes opened by Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa during the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in the Champions League. Kagawa has made only four competitive starts since Moyes joined United, but he played the entirety of Wednesday's game at Old Trafford and produced an effervescent, determined performance on the left flank of the hosts' attack.

Football: Dortmund re-open door to United star Kagawa

Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund would welcome back Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa should the Manchester United star wish to return to the Bundesliga. "The door is always open for Shinji," Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told German daily Bild. "But at the moment, it's not a subject up for discussion for us." Kagawa recently stirred the waters by telling Japanese television Foot Brain that, after an unsatisfactory first season at Old Trafford by his standards: "One day I will return to Dortmund, if they agree to it.

Football: Dissatisfied Kagawa vows to improve

Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa has vowed to improve in his second season at Manchester United after a stop-start first campaign in England. Kagawa joined from Borussia Dortmund a year ago and finished the season with a Premier League winners' medal but a knee injury mid-campaign meant he was only intermittently a regular starter. "It was great to win the title with United," Kagawa told Inside United. "But I feel I still have work to do. "I would say I am half satisfied, half unsatisfied."

Football: United star Kagawa vows bigger role for Japan

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has vowed to step up to the plate for Japan at this month's Confederations Cup as the Blue Samurai try to overcome recent unconvincing form. "At Manchester, and at Dortmund before that, I'm surrounded by great players who make it easy for me to play," said the midfielder, who scored six goals in 20 English Premier League matches after moving from the German side.

Football: Japan's Kagawa rues limited contribution to United

Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa was hailed by the Japanese press after his club clinched their 20th Premier League title, but the midfielder said he could have contributed more to the historic feat. Kagawa, the sixth Japanese to play in English football's top flight, was kept out of contention for two months after sustaining a knee injury in October. He has scored five goals in his 18 league outings so far.

Football: Kagawa tweets thank to fans after hat-trick

A modest Shinji Kagawa has credited his fans for his weekend hat-trick for Manchester United, the first Asian player to achieve the feat in the history of England's Premier League. The Japanese midfielder helped secure United a 4-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday, a result that opened up a 15-point gap for them over Manchester City at the top of the league. "I appreciate your great supports which gave me today's goals!" the 23-year-old Kagawa wrote in English in his official Twitter page.
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