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Japan travel with trusted names to Russia

Japan comes up with a experienced selection to Russia for the world cup.

Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa.

Coach Akira Nishino, who in april pushed as a replacement for the sacked Vahid Halilhodzic, opt for trusted names in his selection of 23 players. Only two outfield players have fewer than ten international matches in their name.

Halilhodzic had two months before the start of the world cup to move because of a number of disappointing results in the last oefeninterlands. Nishino, who have been in the service of the Japanese bond as technical director, made his debut Wednesday as a coach, with a defeat against Ghana (0-2). A day later he presented his selection, with familiar names like Maya Yoshida, Keisuke Honda (both ex-VVV), Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki.

Kagawa

Under the lat trust the new coach on the 35-year-old Eiji Kawashima. With defender Maya Yoshida (Southampton) and playmaker Keisuke Honda (Pachuca) are two former players of VVV-Venlo at the group. Captain Makoto Hasebe has played more than hundred international matches, as well as full-Yuto Nagatomo and striker Shinji Okazaki, with fifty goals the topschutter of the ‘Blue Samurai’. Shinji Kagawa has the world cup selection is also reached, although the midfielder of Borussia Dortmund in the last months, struggled with an ankle injury.

Japan exercises in the run-up to the world cup against Switzerland and Paraguay. The Asian team starts the global finals on 19 June in Saransk against Colombia. Senegal and Poland are the other opponents in group H.

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