Japan contact Bolton about Arsenal superkid Ryo Miyaichi

Japan want to include Bolton Wanderers' on-loan Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi in their squad for this month's World Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan.

Miyaichi scored on his first full start for Wanderers since his loan move from Arsenal, helping the Whites to a deserved 2-0 victory over Millwall in the FA Cup fifth round.

And having represented his country at every level from Under-15s to Under-19s, he is now pencilled in for a senior bow.

“We have sent Bolton a letter saying we might need him and they have acknowledged our request,” said Hiromi Hara, the JFA Technical Director.

“Of course, we can't ask for him for the 24th (for the friendly against Iceland) because there are league games but the qualifier is on an international match day so we have the right to call up players, unless of course they are injured.

“That is not the case with the (qualifiers) for the Olympics. But if he is being called up to the senior national team then it shouldn't be a problem.

“Bolton replied straight away saying they understand the situation.”

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