On Friday 18 June, JFA held an online press-conference to announce the 18 player-roster and four alternate players of the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team), who will participate in the Tokyo Olympics. With the roster spot being limited to 18 players, coach TAKAKURA Asako who had mentioned to “Select with all my heart,” named the players one by one, along with their position and jersey number.
Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) Squad - Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020)【7/21-8/6】, MS&AD CUP 2021【7/14＠Kyoto】
At the press-conference, KUMAGAI Saki (FC Bayern Munich) was named as the team captain, while IWABUCHI Mana (Arsenal) was given the #10 jersey, as coach Takakura showed her trust towards the ace, “She is responsible of changing the team’s momentum and I have high hopes for her.” The two players will be entering their second Olympics following London 2012, while it will be the first for the rest of the team. However, the players are no stranger to the international stage, as 15 out of 18 players have participated in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™, including those who have experienced winning the World Cup at the U-17 and/or U-20 Women’s World Cup. The roster also includes new faces such as SHIOKOSHI Yuzuho (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies) and KITAMURA Nanami (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza), who received their first call-up last October. .....
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