STVV will be the beginning of 2019 a month without defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and midfielder Wataru Endo should do. The duo was on Wednesday by the Japanese coach Hajime Moriyasu included in the 23-man core for the Asian Cup, held in the United Arab Emirates (5 January-1 February 2019). The revelation at STVV, attacker Daichi Kamada, cited the selection is not.
Also veterans Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester) and Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg, ex-Lierse and Standard) did the selection for the Asian landenkampioenschap not. That is also true for the Japanese world cup topschutter Takashi Inui (Real Betis) and other attackers Yuya Kubo (Nürnberg, ex-Gent), Ryota Morioka (Anderlecht) and Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle). Coach Moriyasu pulls full the card of the youth.
Japan won in the past four times the Asian Cup, the last time in 2011. It was in the group stage divided in group F, with Uzbekistan, Oman, and Turkmenistan.
Goalies: Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Shuichi Gonda (Sagan Tosu), Daniel Schmidt (Vegalta Sendai)
Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Red Diamonds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Sho Sasaki (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille), Sei Muroya (FC Tokyo), Genta Miura (Gamba Osaka), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Sint-Truiden)
Midfielders: Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Genki Haraguchi (Hanover), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe), Wataru Endo (Sint-Truiden), Junya Ito (Currently Reysol), Shoya Nakajima (Portimonense), Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg), Hidemasa Morita (Kawasaki Frontal), Ritsu Doan (Groningen)
Attackers: Yuya Osako (Werder Bremen), Takuma Asano (Hanover), Koya Kitagawa (Shimizu S-Pulse)