The Japan Football Association on Tuesday announced the country’s squad for the upcoming 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup South Korea, which kicks off on May 20.
Amongst those chosen are players who have already made an impact with their senior team, such as Gamba Osaka midfielder Ritsu Doan and Jubilo Iwata striker Koki Ogawa.
At 15 years old, FC Tokyo U-18 striker Takefusa Kubo will make his FIFA tournament debut just over half a year after representing Japan in the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship.
Japan will take on South Africa on May 21 and Uruguay on May 24 in Suwon, before travelling to face Italy in Cheonan on May 27.
Japan U-20 NT Squad for 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup
Ryosuke Kojima (Waseda University)
Go Hatano (FC Tokyo)
Louis Yamaguchi (FC Lorient / France)
Ko Itakura (Kawasaki Frontale)
Yuta Nakayama (Kashiwa Reysol)
Ryo Hatsuse (Gamba Osaka)
So Fujitani (Vissel Kobe)
Kakeru Funaki (Cerezo Osaka)
Daiki Sugioka (Shonan Bellmare)
Takehiro Tomiyasu (Avispa Fukuoka)
Daisuke Sakai (Oita Trinita)
Koji Miyoshi (Kawasaki Frontale)
Tsukasa Morishima (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
Mizuki Ichimaru (Gamba Osaka)
Keita Endo (Yokohama F. Marinos)
Ritsu Doan (Gamba Osaka)
Teruki Hara (Albirex Niigata)
Koki Ogawa (Jubilo Iwata)
Yuto Iwaki (Kyoto Sanga)
Kyosuke Tagawa (Sagan Tosu)
Takefusa Kubo (FC Tokyo U-18)