CSKA’s Honda, Dortmund’s Kagawa, Arsenal’s Miyaichi included in Japan squad

Alberto Zaccheroni has named his 23-man Japan squad for next week’s friendly with Azerbaijan.

Alberto Zaccheroni has named his 23-man Japan squad for next week’s friendly with Azerbaijan.

The Blue Samurai host the world’s 109th-ranked team in Shizuoka on May 23 as they prepare for the fourth round of 2014 World Cup qualifying which kicks off in June.

Zaccheroni has included CSKA Moscow star Keisuke Honda as well as Arsenal young gun Ryo Miyaichi who recently completed a successful loan spell with Bolton. Borussia Dortmund ace Shinji Kagawa, Wolfsburg midfielder Makoto Hasebe and Inter Milan full-back Yuto Nagatomo are also among the 23 names.

Japan squad for Azerbaijan friendly

Goalkeepers

Eiji Kawashima (Lierse)
Shusaku Nishikawa (Shimizu S-Pulse)
Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders

Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata)
Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama F. Marinos)
Yuhei Tokunaga (FC Tokyo)
Masahiko Inoha (Vissel Kobe)
Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan)
Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds)
Atsuto Uchida (Schalke)
Hiroki Sakai (Kashiwa Reysol)

Midfielders

Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale)
Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg)
Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow)
Hajime Hosogai (Bayer Leverkusen)
Hideto Takahashi (FC Tokyo)
Aria Jasuru Hasegawa (FC Tokyo)

Forwards

Ryoichi Maeda (Jubilo Iwata)
Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart)
Takayuki Morimoto (Novara)
Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)
Genki Haraguchi (Urawa Reds)
Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal)

 
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