On Wednesday 16 March, head coach MORIYASU Hajime of the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) announced his squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ AFC Asian Qualifiers (Road to Qatar) matches against Australia (24 March at Sydney) and Vietnam (29 March at Saitama). Team captain YOSHIDA Maya (UC Sampdoria) and MITOMA Kaoru (Royale Union Saint‑Gilloise) were among those returning from injury ahead of the final two fixtures of the Asian Qualifiers.
Japan are in second place in Group B with 18 points from six wins and two losses, one point behind group leaders Saudi Arabia. Their first opponent, Australia, are in third place with 15 points. If Japan win, they will qualify for their seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup™, while a draw or less means their fate will be determined in their final match against Vietnam at Saitama Stadium 2002.
For this crucial match, coach Moriyasu called up 27 players. .....
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