Fulham Japanese star midfielder Junichi Inamoto has revealed that making midweek international trips to play for his country is very demanding.
With Japan playing this week, Inamoto said that the amount of travelling involved is not easy to adapt to.
“It’s a hard schedule to come back to Japan for a midweek game and then be back in England to play for Fulham again on Saturday,” said Inamoto. “But the players in Europe have to get used to this.
“If the World Cup qualifiers are starting in February, we have not much time to be together.
“I have to stay in good physical condition and keep winning, but at least it is cooler here at the moment than in England.”
Inamoto is on a high after scoring in Fulham’s weekend victory over Middlesbrough, but is refusing to get carried away with the three points.
“It was very nice for me and the team to win that first game, but it’s only one game so I can’t say too much,” he said.
Japan face Nigeria on Wednesday at Tokyo’s National Stadium and Inamoto is confident the side can prevail.
“If we can produce the same kind of performance as we did at the Confederations Cup, then I think we can expect a good result against Nigeria,” he concluded.