TOKYO (AP) — Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa have been named on Friday to Japan’s squad for a global pleasant on Might 30 towards Ghana in Yokohama.
Japan is predicted to call its 23-man squad for the Global Cup on Might 31, a number of days forward of the June four closing date.
Friday’s announcement used to be the primary indication about which gamers new head trainer Akira Nishino has in thoughts for the Global Cup.
Japan fired Vahid Halilhodzic as trainer closing month, most effective two months prior to the Global Cup opens, and changed him with Nishino.
Honda has seven objectives with Mexican facet Pachuca this season. The attacking midfielder, a mainstay on Japan’s fresh Global Cup squads, fell out of fashion with Halilhodzic, who benched him right through qualifying fits.
Borrussia Dortmund midfielder Kagawa, who has been suffering with accidents, used to be named for the primary time since October.
Different Europe-based gamers come with Leicester ahead Shinji Okazaki and Bremen ahead Yuya Osako.
In two Global Cup warm-up fits, Japan will face Switzerland on June eight in Lugano, Switzerland, and Paraguay on June 12 in Innsbruck, Austria.
Japan will probably be enjoying in its 6th instantly Global Cup, however has most effective two times reached the knockout spherical, dropping each instances within the closing 16. It reached the closing 16 in 2002 underneath French trainer Philippe Troussier, and once more in 2010 underneath Jap trainer Takeshi Okada.
Japan will play in Staff H on the Global Cup with Colombia, Poland and Senegal.
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