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Zaccheroni names strong Japan squad

27 February 2014 13:11

Yuichi Komano and Toshihiro Aoyama have each been recalled to Japan's squad for the upcoming friendly with New Zealand.

Alberto Zaccheroni's men continue their preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against New Zealand, who missed out on this year's tournament after losing a play-off with Mexico, in Tokyo next Wednesday.

Italian coach Zaccheroni has been forced to make changes due to injuries to captain Makoto Hasebe and Schalke full-back Atsuto Uchida.

Those absences have allowed Jubilo Iwata defender Komano and Sanfrecce Hiroshima midfielder Aoyama the chance to stake a claim for a place at the World Cup finals as Zaccheroni looks to give domestic-based players the opportunity to shine.

"Since we play in Japan, I'll give more playing time to those playing in Japan," he said.

"I've always promised that I'll bring to the World Cup those who feel better, those more motivated and those who feel part of the squad."

Milan playmaker Keisuke Honda and Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa are also been included in a strong 23-man squad as Zaccheroni's men look to build on recent strong performances against the Netherlands and Belgium.

Japan drew 2-2 with the Netherlands before beating Belgium 3-2, with Honda on target in both games.

After the New Zealand game, Japan face Cyprus in May prior to departing for the World Cup in Brazil, where they have been drawn in Group C alongside Ivory Coast, Greece and Colombia.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Hajime Hosogai (Hertha Berlin), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Keisuke Honda (Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F Marinos), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)

Forwards: Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Masato Kudo (Kashiwa Reysol), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich)

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Japan

L D L W W

4 - 2

Competition
Friendlies
Date
5 March 2014
Kick-off
11:40
Half-time
4 - 1
Full-time
4 - 2

Goals

S. Okazaki 4'
(assist by S. Kagawa) 
1 - 0
S. Kagawa (PG) 7'  
2 - 0
M. Morishige 11'
(assist by K. Honda) 
3 - 0
S. Okazaki 17'
(assist by K. Honda) 
4 - 0
4 - 1
39' C. Wood
4 - 2
80' C. Wood
 (assist by J. Brockie)

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