Zaccheroni names Japan squad for Kirin Cup

BY foxsports • May 27, 2011

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni has included 11 Europe-based players to his 25-man squad for next week's Kirin Cup.

Inter Milan fullback Yuto Nagatomo and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda were among the players picked for the three-nation tournament.

Other Europe-based players include Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida and World Cup captain Makoto Hasebe of Wolfsburg.

Japan will play Peru on June 1 and the Czech Republic on June 7. Peru faces the Czech Republic on June 4.

Kashima Antlers midfielder Daigo Nishi, Kawasaki Frontale midfielder Kosei Shibasaki and Gamba Osaka striker Takashi Usami will make their national team debut.

The friendlies serve as warm-ups for Japan's qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup beginning in September.

The Czechs agreed to play after receiving an assurance in April that the post-earthquake nuclear crisis poses no risk for players.

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Japan:

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Lierse), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Albirex Niigata), Shusaku Nishikawa (Sanfrecce Hiroshima).

Defenders: Yasuyuki Konno (FC Tokyo), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama F Marinos), Masahiko Inoha (Kashima Antlers), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Tomoaki Makino (Cologne), Michihiro Yasuda (Vitesse Arnhem), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (VVV Venlo).

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Kosei Shibasaki (Kawasaki Frontale), Ryota Moriwaki (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hajime Hosogai (Augsburg), Akihiro Ienaga (Mallorca), Daigo Nishi (Kashima Antlers).

Forwards: Ryoichi Maeda (Jubilo Iwata), Tadanari Lee (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Kunimitsu Sekiguchi (Vegalta Sendai), Shinjo Okazaki (Stuttgart), Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow), Shinzo Koroki (Kashima Antlers), Takashi Usami (Gamba Osaka).


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