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01/10/2013

Japan squad for U-17 World Cup named

 The Japan squad to play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup slated for October 17 to November 8 in the United Arab Emirates was announced on Tuesday.
 Japan, guided by Yoshitake Hirofumi, will play Russia on October 18, Venezuela on October 21 and Tunisia on October 24 ― all at Sharjah Stadium ― in Group D.
 In the 24-team tournament, top two teams from each group plus the four best-third teams from the group stage will advance to the quarterfinals on November 1-2.
 The semifinals will take place on November 5. The final and the third-place playoff will be held on November 8.

Squad:
Goalkeepers―HAYASHI Mizuki (Gamba Osaka youth), SHIRAOKA Teimosii (Sanfrecce Hiroshima youth), ABE Koto (Albirex Niigata youth)
Defenders―MIYAHARA Kazuya (Sanfrecce Hiroshima youth), MISAO Kento (Tokyo Verdy youth), ISHIDA Ryoma (Jubilo Iwata youth), SASAKI Wataru (FC Tokyo U-18), MOTEGI Rikiya (Urawa Reds youth), SAKAI Daisuke (Oita Trinita U-18)
Midfielders―MIZUTANI Takuma (Shimizu S-Pulse youth), NAKAMURA Kyoga (JEF United Ichihara-Chiba U-18), AIZU Yuki (Kashiwa Reysol U-18), SAITO Shota (Urawa Reds youth), Suzuki Tokuma (Maebashi Ikuei High School), MIYOSHI Koji (Kawasaki Frontale U-18)
Forwards―URYU Kosei (Chikuyo Gakuen High School), SUGIMOTO Taro (Teikyo Kani High School), NAGASHIMA Yushi (Kyoto Sanga FC U-18), WATANABE Ryoma (Maebashi Ikuei High School), OGAWA Hiroki (Urawa Reds youth), SUGIMORI Koki (Nagoya Grampus U-18)
Coach―YOSHITAKE Hirofumi (Japan)