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Hasebe, Honda, Kagawa, Okazaki In As Japan Coach Names Final World Cup Squad

Hasebe, Honda, Kagawa, Okazaki In As Japan Coach Names Final World Cup Squad

The head coach of Japan Akira Nishino has named two English Premier League stars, Shinji Okazaki and Maya Yoshida in his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

At a press conference in Tokyo, Nishino also named the likes of Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca, Mexico), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) and Leicester City forward, Shinji Okazaki

He also listed eight players from the Japanese topflight division (J.League) in his squad.

Japan lost 2-0 to Ghana in an international friendly on Wednesday.

They will face Switzerland in Lugano on 8 June before playing Paraguay on 12 June in Innsbruck, Austria in their remaining two international friendly before the World Cup.

Japan will compete against Colombia, Senegal and Poland in Group H at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Japan squad

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Metz/France), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol);

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray/Turkey), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Red Diamonds), Wataru Endo (Urawa Red Diamonds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton/England), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille/France), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg/Germany), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers);

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

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City/England), Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen/Germany), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz/Germany).​

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