Japan changes mind to play in Copa America

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

Japan will play in the Copa America football tournament after all, reversing an earlier decision to withdraw from the tournament in Argentina.

The Japan Football Association had pulled out of the July tournament following the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Organizers urged Japan to reconsider and many said the event could raise spirits in Japan.

The JFA has received backing from the J-League, which will provide some players for coach Alberto Zaccheroni's squad. The statement said the South American football confederation will help negotiate the release of Japan's players based in Europe.

Japan was invited to play in the South American championship as a guest nation along with Mexico. Japan is the defending Asian champion.