On Thursday 15 September, Head Coach MORIYASU Hajime of the SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) announced the squad for the team’s upcoming Germany tour, where they will face the USA and Ecuador in Dusseldorf. A total of 30 players were named into the squad, including SAKAI Hiroki (Urawa Red Diamonds), who had returned from injury, along with up-and-coming young talents such as HATATE Reo (Celtic FC), SOMA Yuki (Nagoya Grampus), and MACHINO Shuto (Shonan Bellmare).
This Germany tour will be the final activity before the team finalises the roster for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which will kick-off in November. With very limited time left before the tournament, coach Moriyasu indicated that he intends to use the tour not only to finalise the roster, but to implement the team concept and tactics so that they can “build on top of what we have already established.”
The squad includes KAMADA Daichi (Eintracht Frankfurt) and KUBO Takefusa (Real Sociedad), who have been playing well in the UEFA Champions League and other competitions since the start of the new European season, and other familiar faces, such as DOAN Ritsu (SC Freiburg) and ITO Junya (Stade de Reims), who have shown great form at their clubs. .....
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