Golden Boot winner Muto capable of more

Golden Boot winner Muto capable of more

Japan striker Yuki Muto says he is determined to improve despite being named the Golden Boot winner at the East Asian Cup 2015 for his two goals scored in two games.

The Urawa Reds forward bagged the opener in the Samurai Blue’s opening clash with North Korea, before rounding off his tournament with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with China.

However, the 26-year-old, who earned his first caps after enjoying his maiden call-up by coach Vahid Halilhodzic, rued the missed chances to add to his tally and help his country win.

“I only scored two goals and today I had a chance to score more. I would feel happier if I had been able to score and help guide us to a win,” he told reporters.

“I’m happy that I was able to play at that level in this setting and I’m thankful to my team-mates. One of my goals was to score in this tournament and I was able to accomplish that.

“But I also made a lot of mistakes and could have played better. Once I get back to Japan I have to keep training and improving so that I get another call-up.

“He [Halilhodzic] said I could have scored three more goals [against China], and I have to work on my finishing in those situations.”

Muto is MEIJI YASUDA J1 League first stage winners Urawa Reds’ top scorer with nine goals, and will be hoping his club form sees him in the running for Japan’s next clash with Cambodia.

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