On Friday 15 February, Coach TAKAKURA Asako of the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) announced the 23 player-roster for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup which will take place in the USA from Wednesday 27 February (local time).
While the veterans like KUMAGAI Saki (Olympique Lyonnais) and SAMESHIMA Aya (INAC Kobe Leonessa) featured the squad, YAMANE Erina (Real Betis) returned to the team since last year’s Algarve Women's Football Cup, while ENDO Jun (Nippon TV Beleza) from the U-19 Japan Women’s National Team was also called up as the youngest player on the roster.
As Coach Takakura mentioned, “This will give us a great opportunity to test our strengths against the World’s top teams. I have chosen players with great expectations,” the team featured many young talents, including the players from last year’s U-20 Japan Women’s National Team, who won the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France. The roster also listed young players who were involved in the recent Nadeshiko Challenge Projects and the training camp held in February, as they all earned this opportunity to prove their case to be on the team......
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