FIFA World Cup 2014: Japan 23 Man Squad

Japan have named their 23 man squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Coach Alberto Zacheroni has made his selection ahead of a group stage through which Japan will fancy their chances of progressing.

Japan’s Group C draw will see them face Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast in the opening fixtures.

Japan have played in four World Cups to date, reaching the Round of 16 twice, in 2002 and 2010. They will be hoping for at least a repeat of that from this draw.

Japan 23 Man Squad

1 Eiji KAWASHIMA Goalkeeper
2 Atsuto UCHIDA Defender
3 Gotoku SAKAI Defender
4 Keisuke HONDA Forward
5 Yuto NAGATOMO Defender
6 Masato MORISHIGE Defender
7 Yasuhito ENDO Midfielder
8 Hiroshi KIYOTAKE Forward
9 Shinji OKAZAKI Forward
10 Shinji KAGAWA Forward
11 Yoichiro KAKITANI Forward
12 Shusaku NISHIKAWA Goalkeeper
13 Yoshito OKUBO Forward
14 Toshihiro AOYAMA Midfielder
15 Yasuyuki KONNO Defender
16 Hotaru YAMAGUCHI Midfielder
17 Makoto HASEBE Midfielder
18 Yuya OSAKO Forward
19 Masahiko INOHA Defender
20 Manabu SAITO Forward
21 Hiroki SAKAI Defender
22 Maya YOSHIDA Defender
23 Shuichi GONDA Goalkeeper

ZACCHERONI Alberto Coach (ITA)

In This Story: Japan

Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the country’s five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is Japan’s capital and largest city.

Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.

Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), the OECD, and the G7. Japan is a leader in the automotive and electronics industries.

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