Seedorf tips Honda for strong World Cup

The midfielder has failed to shine at San Siro so far but his coach expects him to play a pivotal role for his country in Brazil

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf believes that midfielder Keisuke Honda is ready to make an impact for Japan at the World Cup.

The 27-year-old has struggled since arriving at San Siro from CSKA Moscow in January, but his coach believes it is merely a case of the player adapting to the demands of a new league.

"Japan should have no doubts about Honda," Seedorf said. "He's a great player and he's adapting to the Italian game.

"He played a great game (in Wednesday's win over Fiorentina) and got up and down the pitch well."

If selected by Alberto Zaccheroni, Honda will go to his second World Cup, having made four appearances and scored twice four years ago in South Africa.