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World Cup 2018: Japan embody Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in squad

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World Cup 2018: Japan embody Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in squad

Shinji Kagawa (left) and Keisuke Honda had been each within the Japan World Cup squad for 2014, with Honda additionally that includes in 2010

Japan coach Akira Nishino has included skilled midfielders Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa in his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.

Honda, 31, has performed 94 instances for his nation and former Manchester United midfielder Kagawa, 29, has 90 worldwide caps.

Each performed throughout Japan’s 2-0 home loss to Ghana in Yokohama on Wednesday.

That was Nishino’s first recreation answerable for Japan after he changed Vahid Halilhodzic, who was sacked final month.

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida and Leicester Metropolis ahead Shinji Okazaki have additionally each been named within the squad.

Japan haven’t received in 4 matches and play an away pleasant in opposition to Switzerland in Lugano on eight June, earlier than going through Paraguay in Lausanne, Switzerland on 12 June.

Nishino’s staff are in Group H and start their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Colombia on 19 June after which face Senegal on 24 June and Poland on 28 June.

This can be Japan’s sixth look at a World Cup finals they usually have gone out within the final 16 in 2002 and 2010 and been eradicated within the group section in 1998, 2006 and 2014.

Japan’s 23-man World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa).

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa), Wataru Endo (Urawa), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda (Kashima).

Midfielders: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca), Takashi Inui (Eibar), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi, (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki).

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz).

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