Ahead of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan, which will kick off on 19 July, the squads for both the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) and the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) were announced on Wednesday 13 July. The SAMURAI BLUE will aim to win the title and strengthen its squad for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ in November, with fresh faces including 10 first-time selections and MIYAICHI Ryo (Yokohama F. Marinos), who is returning to the national team for the first time in almost 10 years. The Nadeshiko Japan consist mainly of those who participated in the European tour in June and will try to build up their foundation to defend the title.
The SAMURAI BLUE have called up 26 players to match the FIFA World Cup™ roster. Because the tournament is held outside of FIFA's international match period, players belonging to clubs outside of Japan will not participate, making this a valuable opportunity for those who play in the J.League to make a case for themselves for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
SAMURAI BLUE’s Head Coach MORIYASU Hajime mentioned, “Our goal for the EAFF E-1 Football Championship is to win the title. We hope to build depth of our team and head into the World Cup with solid results and performance.” .....
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