Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu will lead Japan’s defensive line at the World Cup in Qatar but Celtic pair Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate both miss out as squad is named for this month’s tournament
- Japan drafted in Shuto Machino to replace injured defender Yuta Nakayama
- Nakayama, who plays for Huddersfield, injured his Achilles tendon last week
- Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu has been named the Japan squad for Qatar 2022
- Daichi Kamada and Takefusa Kubo will also feature for Japan at the World Cup
- Maya Yoshida and Hiroki Sakai will provide some experience for the tournmanet
- Meanwhile, Celtic pair Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate have missed out
Japan have drafted in forward Shuto Machino to replace injured defender Yuta Nakayama on its World Cup roster for Qatar.
Nakayama, who plays for English club Huddersfield, injured his Achilles tendon last week and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament.
The Japan Football Associated announced the replacement to its 26-man squad on Tuesday afternoon – having released the initial squad last week.
Japan have announced their squad for the 2022 World Cup set to take place in Qatar
Arsenal’s Takehiro Tomiyasu has been named the Japan squad – marking the first time the 24-year-old has been selected for a World Cup.
Daichi Kamada and Takefusa Kubo will also feature at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. They will be tasked with bringing creativity to the Japanese side.
Maya Yoshida and Hiroki Sakai will provide Japan with some experience – having been selected for their third successive World Cup.
Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has been named in the 26-man squad for the tournament
Meanwhile, Celtic pair Kyogo Furuhashi (above) and Reo Hatate will have to watch from home
Yuki Soma has also made the 26-man squad. His selection has come as a surprise to many given the Nagoya Grampus winger’s inexperience.
Meanwhile, Celtic pair Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate have missed out. Vissel Kobe forward Yuya Osako and Union Berlin midfielder Genki Haraguchi were also left out.
Japan plays in Group E and opens against Germany on Nov. 23, faces Costa Rica on November 27 and Spain on December 1. Japan will play a friendly against Canada in Dubai on November 17.
Japan will be hoping to build upon their performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia – having been beaten at that last-16 stage by eventual semifinalists Belgium.
JAPAN’S 2022 WORLD CUP TEAM
Defender Yuta Nakayama was called up but will miss the World Cup after suffering an Achilles injury. Striker Shuto Machino took his place in the squad.
Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg), Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse), Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truidense).
Yuto Nagatomo (Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Red Diamonds), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Ko Itakura (Borussia Monchengladbach), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal), Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart).
Gaku Shibasaki (Leganes), Wataru Endo (Stuttgart), Junya Ito (Reims), Takumi Minamino (Monaco), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting CP), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad).
Takuma Asano (Bochum), Daizen Maeda (Celtic), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge), Shuto Machino (Shonan Bellmare).
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