Honda ready to play in Olympics

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AC Milan midfielder said he had not contemplated about representing at this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics as an overage player but admitted he would consider it if asked to go by the Football Association.

“I hadn’t thought about that, but I think Under-23 players should go,” the 29-year-old Honda, who played at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was quoted as saying in an interview in Italian newspaper La Repubblica on Saturday.

“If I got a request to go from the association then I could consider it,” the two-time World Cup midfielder added.

Meanwhile, Honda also said soccer could have a positive effect off the pitch.

“Sports can send an important message. In the (second round of Asian) qualifiers for the (2018) World Cup I played against Afghanistan and Syria in neutral venues (because of security issues in those countries),” Honda said.

“It was a fantastic feeling. (Soccer) can send a strong signal to people like the Syrians who are suffering because of war. Sport can offer hope.”

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