Maya Yoshida sends message on Twitter, Southampton fans react

Maya Yoshida of Japan reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida impressed at the World Cup with Japan.

Maya Yoshida of Japan reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has sent a message reflecting on Japan's World Cup efforts after their elimination.

Japan reached the World Cup last 16 and came close to knocking out Belgium.

Maya Yoshida of Japan tries to block a cross from Yannick Carrasco of Belgium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at Rostov Arena on July 2,...

They led 2-0 in the second half before a Belgium comeback topped off with an injury time winner saw them fall to a 3-2 defeat.

Japan's attacking play won plaudits from pundits and fans alike and Yoshida was impressive defensively until getting swept away by Belgium's late fightback.

Yoshida, 29, made 23 Premier League starts for Southampton last season and his World Cup performances will have impressed Saints manager Mark Hughes.

Yoshida did his country and club proud and fans responded positively to his message on Twitter, praising his performances.

Here is a look at the reaction to Yoshida's tweet...

 

 

 

 

 

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