Japan title Maya Yoshida-led squad for Qatar 2022 with a watch on quarterfinals

Japan supervisor Hajime Moriyasu stated revenge was not on his thoughts as he named his squad Tuesday for the World Cup in Qatar – the scene of his nation’s largest soccer heartbreak.

Former Barcelona youth star Takefusa Kubo and Brighton’s Kaoru Mitoma have been among the many 26 gamers named as Japan put together to tackle Germany, Spain and Costa Rica in a tricky Group E.

Japan have appeared on the previous six World Cups however they have been denied a debut on the 1994 version in the USA by a last-minute Iraq aim of their remaining qualifier in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

The match has develop into recognized in Japan because the “Tragedy of Doha” however Moriyasu – who performed within the sport – stated his group have been prepared to put the ghost to relaxation this month.

“Doha was the place the place our World Cup goals failed to come back true and it’s a spot of frustration and disappointment for me, however I’m not interested by revenge,” he stated after saying his squad in Tokyo.

“We’ve acquired an important group of gamers and supporters and I’m wanting ahead to taking them to the World Cup in Qatar.

“My expertise was a tragic one however I wish to use the time we have now left to verify we flip the Doha tragedy into Doha pleasure.”

Former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida will captain the aspect in his third World Cup, whereas left-back Yuto Nagatomo and goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima have been named of their fourth finals squads.

Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Daichi Kamada and Monaco’s Takumi Minamino have additionally been included in a squad that comprises simply six domestic-based gamers.

Striker Yuya Osako missed out after showing on the earlier two World Cups, whereas Celtic pair Kyogo Furuhashi and Reo Hatate have been additionally omitted.

Kou Itakura was picked regardless of the defender not having performed for Borussia Monchengladbach since he suffered a knee harm in September.

Quarter-final goal

Moriyasu stated Japan have been aiming to succeed in the quarter-finals for the primary time, after being eradicated within the spherical of 16 thrice.

“It’s not a simple goal but when our supporters are all behind us, I’m certain we will obtain it,” he stated.

Moriyasu will look to Actual Sociedad ahead Kubo and Brighton winger Mitoma to offer the spark towards Japan’s opponents in Qatar.

Kubo, 21, was invited to hitch Barcelona’s La Masia academy on the age of 9 and was often known as the “Japanese Messi” early on in his precocious profession.

He joined Sociedad at the beginning of this season on a everlasting deal after being loaned out a number of instances throughout three years with Actual Madrid, and has already received 19 caps for Japan.

Mitoma joined Brighton this summer season after a 12 months on mortgage at Belgium’s Union SG and recovered from an harm scare to make Japan’s squad.

“I checked out what the gamers had performed up so far, what situation they have been in and what can be finest for us total on the World Cup,” Moriyasu stated.

“I’ve picked gamers who can join and work collectively, who will play with organisation.”

Japan begin their World Cup marketing campaign towards Germany on November 23 earlier than taking up Costa Rica on November 27 and Spain on December 1.

Japan squad:

Goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse), Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg/FRA), Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truiden/BEL)

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Schalke/GER), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal/ENG), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Reds), Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield City/ENG), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Kou Itakura (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart/GER)

Midfielders: Wataru Endo (Stuttgart/GER), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting/POR), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf/GER), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Junya Ito (Reims/FRA), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton/ENG), Takumi Minamino (Monaco/FRA), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus), Gaku Shibasaki (Leganes/ESP), Takefusa Kubo (Actual Sociedad/ESP), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg/GER)

Forwards: Daizen Maeda (Celtic/SCO), Takuma Asano (Bochum/GER), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge/BEL)


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