Hoffenheim target Tadanari Lee keen to impress Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni

The 2011 Asian Cup final hero wants to put his name forward for a regular starting berth in the Samurai Blue line-up and he could also help his chances of a move abroad

Hoffenheim target Tadanari Lee says he wants to prove he can be a regular starter for Japan when they meet Czech Republic in Yokohama on Tuesday.

Lee, who hit the extra-time winner in Japan's 1-0 2011 Asian Cup final victory over Australia in January, is set to be handed a chance in the Samurai Blue starting line-up against the Czechs with Ryoichi Maeda struggling with a heel problem.

It's a timely call-up for the 25-year-old Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker who has reportedly been linked with Hoffenheim this week.

Hochi claims the Bundesliga club are keen on Lee and will send a scout to watch him against the Czechs.

However, Lee, who has four goals in the J-League this season, is focused on performing well to impress Japan boss Alberto Zaccheroni.

"I'm ready," said Lee to reporters. "I've been playing well in the J-League and I want to take this chance. I want to get on the scoresheet."

Lee will come up against one of the world's best goalkeepers in Chelsea's Petr Cech on Tuesday but the former Korea youth international said he'd relish the challenge.

"I'm a more aggressive player this season and hopefully I'll do something to set the place alight like the goal at the Asian Cup," said Lee.

"My job is to score goals and that's what strikers are judged on. Last time it was [Australia goalkeeper Mark] Schwarzer. This time I want to stick one past Cech who is also a world-class keeper."

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