On Friday 3 June, Japan Football Association (JFA) announced the 23 players who will play for the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) in the international friendly matches in Europe, with Chairman SASAKI Norio of the JFA Women's Committee and Head Coach IKEDA Futoshi of Nadeshiko Japan taking part in an online press conference.
Four players, including YAMASHITA Ayaka and TANAKA Mina, were selected from INAC Kobe Leonessa, the inaugural champions of the WE League, which ended on Sunday 22 May. In addition, many other players from the top teams of the WE League were selected for Nadeshiko Japan's first team activity since the training camp held at J-Village in April.
Veteran players such as SUGASAWA Yuika (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies), who scored 14 goals in the WE League to become the league's first Golden Boot winner, were selected, while NARUMIYA Yui (INAC Kobe Leonessa), NAGANO Fuka (Mynavi Sendai Ladies), and UEKI Riko (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza), all of whom have distinguished themselves under the Ikeda regime, were also included to the roster. CHIBA Remina, who provided goals for JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies in the latter stages of the WE League, will be looking to make her first cap with the national team. .....
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