As a non-winning teams, Japan set a target high on World Cup 2010. The Blue Samurai have to penetrate four major goals or reach the semi-finals in South Africa. Japan has begun preparations to conduct test match against England. The result, the Japanese are able to make the Three Lions difficulty and only won 2-1. England defender John Terry was fascinated with the Japanese performance and high morale.
Japan coach Takeshi Okada asserted that he did not just want to make Japan a surprising dark horse team in the preliminary round, and Okada wants his team reach the semifinals. Terry himself was only commenting that it is difficult for Japan to penetrate the semi-finals. However, the Chelsea defender was declared Japan is a team with good quality and could surprise in the World Cup in 2010.
"Seeing the performance of the Japanese players, I'm sure they could make trouble for other teams. I'm not too surprised, since Japan has a good history they also have a sharp striker," explained Terry. Shunsuke Nakamura's team will be joined in Group E, along with Cameroon, Danish and teams Total Football, The Netherlands. We'll see whether Japan can show the best game as a representative from Asia.