Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki enjoying Premier League title race
Last Updated: 25/03/16 6:33pm
Shinji Okazaki is revelling in the chance to make headlines across the world with Leicester City - including in his home country.
Okazaki opened the scoring in Japan's 5-0 victory over Afghanistan in World Cup qualifying this week, but it is Leicester's unlikely title charge that is foremost in his mind.
Having begun his career at Shimizu S-Pulse, he spent five years in Germany with Stuttgart and Mainz before moving to the King Power Stadium last summer, where he now finds himself in unchartered territory.
"In the past, I've never been part of a championship run like this, so for me this is a great experience," he told the official FIFA website.
"I have team-mates who have produced great results and are very hard-working and supportive, which is a good combination. And it's great to be part of such a team that is at the top of the league.
"People are paying attention and took notice when I signed with Leicester. I think it's become a big thing back home."
Ozaki has made 32 appearances this season, scoring five goals, including a spectacular winner against Newcastle United on March 14.
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