Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida have been included in the preliminary selection of Japan for the football world cup next month in Russia.
Both old players of VVV-Venlo are part of a group of 27 players, of whom four are still lose weight. It is the first time that Akira Nishino is a selection put together. FC Groningen-star Ritsu Doan is missing on the list.
The 63-year-old Nishino was last month appointed as the successor of the dismissed Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic. The ex-footballer is 30 may for the first time as a coach on the bench in a practice game against Ghana. Then he makes his final world cup group known.
Japan is at the global finals to be classified in a group with Colombia, Poland and Senegal.