The Japan Football Association on Friday confirmed Wataru Endo and Takuma Asano will be included in Japan’s squad for the upcoming AFC Under-23 Championship in Qatar.
Japan have been drawn with North Korea, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia in the group stage of the tournament, which will serve as Asian qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The announced list, which includes regular senior Japan squad member Endo and 2015 J.League Best Young Player Asano, stands at 21 names.
With a completed squad to have 23 players, the remaining two will be announced on December 30.
Japan U-23 National Team Members
Masatoshi Kushibiki (Shimizu S-Pulse)
Daichi Sugimoto (Kyoto Sanga)
Kosuke Nakamura (Avispa Fukuoka)
Ken Matsubara (Albirex Niigata)
Ryosuke Yamanaka (Kashiwa Reysol)
Mavashi Kamekawa (Avispa Fukuoka)
Tatsuki Nara (FC Tokyo)
Sei Muroya (Meiji University)
Takuya Iwanami (Vissel Kobe)
Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers)
Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale)
Wataru Endo (Shonan Bellmare)
Riki Harakawa (Kyoto Sanga)
Shinya Yajima (Fagiano Okayama)
Shoya Nakajima (FC Tokyo)
Takumi Minamino (RB Salzburg)
Yosuke Ideguchi (Gamba Osaka)
Yuya Kubo (BSC Young Boys)
Musashi Suzuki (Mito Hollyhock)
Takuma Asano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima)
Ado Onaiwu (JEF United Chiba)