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11 J.Leaguers named to Samurai Blue squad for June internationals

11 J.Leaguers named to Samurai Blue squad for June internationals

The Japan Football Association on Thursday announced the Samurai Blue squad for their upcoming Kirin Challenge Cup match against Syria as well as their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

11 J.League players were selected by head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, including Kashiwa Reyso goalkeeper Kosuke Nakamura, Urawa Reds defender Tomoya Ugajin, Gamba Osaka defender Genta Miura and Urawa Reds midfielder Wataru Endo.

After hosting Syria on June 7 at Ajinomoto Stadium, the national team will travel west to face Iraq in Iran’s PAS Stadium on June 13.

Samurai Blue squad for June:

GK:
Eiji Kawashima (FC Metz / France)
Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka)
Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol)

DF:
Hiroki Sakai (Marseille / France)
Gotoku Sakai (Hamburger SV / Germany)
Yuto Nagatomo (Inter / Italy)
Tomoya Ugajin (Urawa Reds)
Maya Yoshida (Southampton / England)
Genta Miura (Gamba Osaka)
Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers)
Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds)

MF:
Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)
Wataru Endo (Urawa Reds)
Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka)
Kohei Kato (Beroe Stara Zagora / Bulgaria)
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund / Germany)
Shu Kurata (Gamba Osaka)
Yosuke Ideguchi (Gamba Osaka)

FW:
Yuta Kubo (Gent / Belgium)
Keisuke Honda (Milan / Italy)
Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin / Germany)
Takashi Inui (Eibar / Spain)
Yuya Osako (Koln / Germany)
Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City / England)
Takuma Asano (Stuttgart / Germany)

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