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Japan head coach Akira Nishino announce FIFA World Cup squad

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

Japan head coach Akira Nishino announced a 23-member Japan squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.

Experienced midfielders Keisuke Honda (31) and Shinji Kagawa (29) head the „Samurai Blue“ squad, which will face Colombia (June 19), Senegal (June 24) and Poland (June 28) in Group H.

Japan will face Switzerland (June 8) and Paraguay (June 12) in their final preparation matches ahead of the World Cup finals in Russia.

Japan 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 Düsseldorf), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki)

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