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08/06/2011

Nadeshiko Japan squad for Women’s World Cup named

The Nadeshiko Japan squad to play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup was announced Wednesday.

Japan will play New Zealand on June 27 in Bochum, Mexico on July 1 in Leverkusen and England on July 5 in Augsburg in the group stage.

Squad:
Goalkeepers—Nozomi Yamago (Urawa Reds Ladies), Miho Fukumoto (Okayama Yunogo Belle), Ayumi Kaihori (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
Defenders—Yukari Kinga (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Kyoko Yano (Urawa Reds Ladies), Megumi Kamionobe (Albirex Niigata Ladies), Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV Beleza), Aya Sameshima (TBA*), Asuna Tanaka (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Saki Kumagai (Urawa Reds Ladies)
Midfielders—Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle), Nahomi Kawasumi (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Mizuho Sakaguchi (Albirex Niigata Ladies), Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier)
Forwards—Kozue Ando (Duisburg), Karina Maruyama (JEF United Ichihara-Chiba), Shinobu Ohno (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Yuki Nagasato (Potsdam), Megumi Takase (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Mana Iwabuchi (NTV Beleza)
Coach—Norio Sasaki (Japan)