Continuing the monumental international break for Leicester City players, Shinji Okazaki joined Jamie Vardy as yet another record setting Fox. In his appearance in Tuesday’s 5-0 Japanese win over Syria in World Cup Qualifying, Okazaki became the first Leicester City outfield player to ever record 100 caps and became the fifth Japanese player in history to reach that number.
Earlier today, striker @okazakiofficial became the first outfield #lcfc player ever to earn 100 international caps! pic.twitter.com/sEdsuEAlAQ— Leicester City (@LCFC) March 29, 2016
Okazaki began his international career with Japan as a member of the U-23 team competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China before making his full international debut in October 2008 in a match against the United Arab Emirates. Since his full debut he has been a regular member of Samurai Blue, including serving as the team’s captain.
In addition to being just the 5th Japanese player to record 100 caps, Okazaki is also the top active Japan national team goal scorer and third all-time in team history with 48 goals. During his previous years spent in Germany before joining Leicester City, Okazaki also became the most prolific Japanese player in Bundesliga history.
Congratulations to Shinji on this amazing accomplishment, it has certainly been a fantastic international break for Foxes around the world!