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23/05/2013

Japan squad named for World Cup qualifier with Australia

 The Japan squad to play Bulgaria in a Kirin Challenge Cup friendly on May 30 in Toyota and Australia in an Asian final-round qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 4 in Saitama was announced on Thursday in Tokyo.

Squad:
Goalkeepers―KAWASHIMA Eiji (Standard Liege), NISHIKAWA Shusaku (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), GONDA Shuichi (FC Tokyo)
Defenders―KOMANO Yuichi (Jubilo Iwata), KONNO Yasuyuki (Gamba Osaka), KURIHARA Yuzo (Yokohama F. Marinos), INOHA Masahiko (Jubilo Iwata), NAGATOMO Yuto (Inter Milan), UCHIDA Atsuto (FC Shalke 04), YOSHIDA Maya (Southampton), SAKAI Hiroki (Hannover 96), SAKAI Gotoku (VfB Stuttgart)
Midfielders―ENDO Yasuhito (Gamba Osaka), NAKAMURA Kengo (Kawasaki Frontale), HASEBE Makoto (VfL Wolfsburg), HOSOGAI Hajime (Bayer Leverkusen), HONDA Keisuke (CSKA Moscow), TAKAHASHI Hideto (FC Tokyo)
Forwards―MAEDA Ryoichi (Jubilo Iwata), OKAZAKI Shinji (VfB Stuttgart), Havenaar Mike (SBV Vitesse), INUI Takashi (Eintracht Frankfurt), KAGAWA Shinji (Manchester United), KIYOTAKE Hiroshi (1.FC Nurnberg), KUDO Masato (Kashiwa Reysol), HIGASHI Keigo (FC Tokyo)
Coach―Alberto ZACCHERONI (Italy)