Ex-Portsmouth keeper Yoshi to hang up his gloves

Former Pompey keeper Yoshi Kawaguchi is to retire
Former Pompey keeper Yoshi Kawaguchi is to retire
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Former Pompey keeper Yoshi Kawaguchi has announced he will retire at the season’s end.

Now aged 43, the Blues’ one-time record signing is to finish his playing career with J-League club Sagamihara.

Kawaguchi appeared for Japan 116 times and was included in four-successive World Cup finals squads, starting from France 1998.

In a statement released by his club, he said: ‘I’ve decided to retire at the end of this season. All I have is a sense of appreciation.’

Kawaguchi endured an unsuccessful time at Fratton Park after signing for £1.8m in September 2001.

He failed to impress following a much-publicised arrival, making only 13 appearances over two seasons.

Yoshi, as he was largely known by Pompey supporters, made his final appearance in the last match of the 2002-03 Division One title-winning campaign.

As a gesture, Harry Redknapp introduced the keeper off the bench at half time in the 5-0 success at Bradford City.