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10MA TOPICS! [JAPAN FA] Japan's youngsters to stake World Cup claim at SheBelieves Cup

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February 17, 2019

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Tokyo: A new breed of Japanese youngsters will get a taste of top level action, and potentially enter the FIFA Women's World Cup selection frame, after head coach Asako Takakura named a youthful squad for the SheBelieves Cup in the United States.

The Asian champions will face hosts and world champions the United States, as well as Brazil and World Cup opponents England in the competition, which begins in Philadelphia on February 28.

With seven uncapped players, and 12 players under the age of 23, the squad provides an opportunity Japan's talented young brigade to appear on the senior international stage just three months before the global Finals in France.

FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup winners Moeka Minami, Asato Miyagawa and Jun Endo are among the call-ups, while Rikako Kobayashi, Risako Oga and Arisa Matsubara have been rewarded for strong form in the Nadeshiko League......


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