"I was able to stay motivated despite the year I had because I had the World Cup to look forward to.

"I think everyone knows I want to do well at the World Cup, and I'm sure everyone else does, too.

"But I don't want to get my priorities mixed up here – the important thing is for Japan to win at the World Cup.

"I'm not using the World Cup as a place to showcase myself for [Van Gaal]. I'll deal with that after this tournament is over."