Halilhodzic announces June Japan squad

Halilhodzic announces June Japan squad

The Japan Football Association on Monday revealed a squad of 25 members for both of Japan’s June fixtures.

The Samurai Blues will first face Iraq in a Kirin Challenge Cup match at Nissan Stadium next Thursday.

It will effectively serve as preparation before they welcome Singapore to Saitama Stadium on 16th June in their first joint 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match.

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad includes current MEIJI YASUDA J1 League top scorer Takashi Usami as well as FC Tokyo’s Mainz-bound Yoshinori Muto.

A total of 13 players representing Japanese sides have been listed, with Gamba Osaka defender Daiki Niwa and Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Shogo Taniguchi receiving their first senior call-ups.

Meanwhile, Cerezo Osaka midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi was the only selection from a J2 League club.

Below is the list of Japan’s full squad:

GK
Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege/Belgium)
Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka)
Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds)
Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

DF
Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart/Germany)
Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96/Germany)
Kosuke Ota (FC Tokyo)
Yuto Nagatomo (Inter/Italy)
Maya Yoshida (Southampton/England)
Daiki Niwa (Gamba Osaka)
Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds)
Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo)

MF
Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany)
Gaku Shibasaki (Kashima Antlers)
Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)
Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale)
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund/Germany)
Hiroshi Kiyotake (Hannover 96/Germany)

FW
Keisuke Honda (AC Milan/Italy)
Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin/Germany)
Takashi Usami (Gamba Osaka)
Yoshinori Muto (FC Tokyo)
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz/Germany)
Yuya Osako (Koln/Germany)
Kengo Kawamata (Nagoya Grampus)

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