TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa has urged the Asian champions to take risks when they face five-times World Cup winners Brazil in a friendly in Poland on Tuesday.
Manchester United's summer signing scored the winner in a 1-0 upset over France in Paris on Friday, Japan's first victory over Les Bleus in six meetings.
However, Kagawa demanded Japan sharpen up as they look to use Tuesday's game against the 2014 World Cup hosts to prepare for a qualifier in Oman on November 14.
"When you play against the best teams you need to take more risks," the 23-year-old told Japanese media on Monday. "We still don't take enough risks.
"We've got to rise to the challenge of the top teams. Not just me and (Inter Milan defender) Yuto Nagatomo on the left - we have to be linking play from the back too."
Kagawa scored a late winner for Japan in Paris to add respectability to a poor record of four defeats and one draw in their five previous meetings with France.
"The top two and the player behind have to be able to keep possession," said Kagawa, who has impressed at Manchester United since his pre-season move from Borussia Dortmund.
"Brazil are a stronger team than France so that will be the challenge for us. We've said we want to reach the quarter-finals of the next World Cup.
"In that case we have got two years to improve in a lot of areas, and we need to learn to play with more confidence."
Japan, who have played at every World Cup since first appearing in 1998, have 10 points after four matches in the final round of Asian qualifying for 2014.
(Reporting by Alastair Himmer; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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