Japan to launch Europe-based squad for world cup qualifiers against Myanmar

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Japan national football team has selected a wide range of high-profile players across Europe. Photo: Japan Football

The Japan national football team has comprised an entire squad of European players for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup second round qualifiers against the Myanmar national football team on 28 May.
As the European football season draws to a close these days, the Japan national team has selected a wide range of high-profile players across Europe, with up to 25 of the 26 players playing in there.
Popularly known as Japanese Messi, Kubo is already familiar to Myanmar football fans, and other veteran players were included in the squad.
The full players’ list are Eiji Kawashima from RC Strasbourg (France), Daniel Schmidt from Sint-Truidense VV (Belgium), Kosuke Nakamura from Portimonense (Porland), Hiroki Sakai from Olympique Marseille (France), Yukinari Sugawara from AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands), Daiki Hashioka from Sint-Truidense VV (Belgium), Sei Muroya from Hannover 96 (Germany), Maya Yoshida from UC Sampdoria (Italy), Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna FC (Italy), Yuta Nakayama from PEC Zwolle (Netherlands), Yuto Nagatomo from Olympique Marseille (France), Hidemasa Morita from CD Santa Clara (Porland), Wataru Endo from Stuttgart (Germany), Kento Hashimoto from FK Rostov (Russia), Ko Itakura from FC Groningen (the Netherlands), Genki Haraguchi from Hannover 96 (Germany), Koji Miyoshi from Royal Antwerp (Belgium), Takumi Minamino from Southampton FC (England), Keita Endo from Union Berlin (Germany), Ritsu Doan from Bielefeld (Germany), Takefusa Kubo from Getafe CF (Spain), Daichi Kamada from Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), Yuya Osako from Werder Bremen (Germany) and Takuma Asano who is a unattached footballer from free agent.
Japan and Myanmar will play in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on 28 May in Chiba, Japan.
A host country in each group will play the remaining matches and the Group F matches in Japan, according to Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) has announced that the Myanmar team will play the remaining three matches of the World Cup qualifiers, and all the matches will be played with their best. — Ko Nyi Lay/ GNLM

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