An experienced international with 71 senior international caps to his name, Uchida would have been as disappointed as any Japanese player following what was ultimately a disappointing tournament for the Blue Samurai.
Placed in a competitive Group C alongside a formidable Colombian outfit along with Ivory Coast and Greece, hopes were initially high that Alberto Zaccheroni's men could successfully utilise their technically proficient and fluid playing style to secure runners-up spot.
Little blame can be placed on Uchida for their eventual failure, however, with the 26-year-old explosive Schalke right-back having performed solidly during three consecutive starts for Japan in Brazil.
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