On Friday 19 November, Japan Football Association (JFA) held an online press conference, in which coach IKEDA Futoshi announced the squad of the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) for the international friendly matches against the Iceland Women's National Team and the Netherlands Women's National Team, scheduled to be held in the Netherlands.
For this trip to the Netherlands, many of the players who participated in the training camp in October were selected, including MIYAKE Shiori (INAC Kobe Leonessa), NAGANO Fuka (Mynavi Sendai Ladies), and SUGASAWA Yuika (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies), who are playing active roles in the newly established WE League. In addition, players who are playing abroad, such as KUMAGAI Saki (FC Bayern Munich/Germany), HASEGAWA Yui (West Ham United/England), and IWABUCHI Mana (Arsenal/England) were also included, as the team features many of the players who played in the summer Olympics.
Ahead of the team’s first activity under the new regime, coach Ikeda mentioned, “Although we have limited time to prepare, we will review last month’s training camp and make the most of our time to keep the players on the same page.” The coach also shared his expectation towards those who are playing abroad, “I am really looking forward to building the team with the players who are playing abroad. I hope they will bring their experience they have gained abroad to the national team.” .....
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