Hasebe apologises to Japan fans after World Cup exit

The captain of the Asian champions has apologised and taken responsibility for his side’s unimpressive campaign in the sumer showpiece after they bowed out in the group stage

Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has apologised to the nation's supporters after the side bowed out of the World Cup at the group stage.

Asian champions Japan were tipped to do well in Group C but failed to win a match, with one draw and two defeats seeing them finish bottom behind Colombia, Greece and Cote d'Ivoire.

Coach Alberto Zaccheroni has resigned as a result and Hasebe says he feels responsible for Japan's exit, but is also proud of his side's efforts.

"In the football world, it's all about results," Hasebe told Fifa's official website.

"After four years of effort, we could not achieve positive results in the end. I feel responsible as the captain.

"I am proud of everyone in our team, not only including the players but also the coaching staff and of course, the manager.

"But, in the end, we could not get through the group stage.

"So I feel very sorry for all the supporters… in terms of the whole group stage in this World Cup, it was disappointing."