People always stand by the philosophy ‘quality over quantity’ in a variety of situations but to what extent is that true in the world of football?

Just how many players can two international footballers succeed against?

As is often the case with a slightly bizarre question, Japanese television provides us with the answer.

The show put up Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Nurnberg attacker Hitoshi Kiyotake – two established Japanese internationals – and put them up against a team of 33 football academy children, who lined up in a fairly intimidating formation.

After succeeding against them, the pair were then challenged to beat 55 players. The outcome was a delightful show of youthful optimism and a few moments of surprise and humour for the pros.

I know they’re only kids, but the marking was suspect to say the least.

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