A re-building Canada side faces a stern test as Japan looks to gain momentum ahead of its crucial World Cup Qualifier next week.
|Japan (4-2-3-1): Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Kurihara, Gotoku Sakai; Hasebe, Hosogai; Kagawa, Nakamura, Kiyotake; Maeda||
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)
DEFENDERS (8): Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama F Marinos), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki Frontale), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Hajime Hosogai (Bayer Leverkusen), Hideto Takahashi (FC Tokyo)
FORWARDS (7): Ryoichi Maeda (Jubilo Iwata), Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart), Mike Havenaar (Vitesse Arnhem), Takashi Inui (Eintracht Frankfurt), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Yuki Otsu (VVV Venlo).
|Canada (4-2-3-1): Borjan; Edgar, Jakovic, Hainault, De Jong; Johnson, De Guzman; Ricketts, Hutchinson, Nakajima-Farran; Jackson|
GOALKEEPERS (2): Milan Borjan (Sivasspor), Tomer Chencinski (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
DEFENDERS (7): David Edgar (Burnley), André Hainault (Ross County FC), Dejan Jaković (D.C. United), Adam Straith (FC Saarbrücken), Marcel de Jong (FC Augsburg), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Samuel Piette (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Julian de Guzman (SSV Jahn Regensburg), Atiba Hutchinson (PSV Eindhoven), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby Fotboll), Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca)
FORWARDS (5): Stefan Cebara (NK Celje), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Eintracht Braunschweig), Marcus Haber (Stevenage FC), Simeon Jackson (Norwich City), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- In their only previous meeting, Japan beat Canada 3-0 at the 2001 Confederations Cup, with Shinji Ono, Akinori Nishizawa, and Hiroaki Morishima the scorers at Niigata Stadium. Of the three, only Ono is still active with Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers.
- Japan is on the verge of qualifying for a fifth straight World Cup if it wins at Jordan on March 26.
- The Japanese will also take part in June's FIFA Confederations Cup as well as the East Asian Cup in July, which is expected to feature a squad of fringe Europe-based players and young domestic players (including many of those seen in theOlympics last summer).
- Canada will be helmed by its second interim coach of the year. Former Canadian international and current FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller was in charge for a pair of friendlies in January, while technical director Tony Fonseca will be the bench boss for this month's matches against Japan and Belarus.
- At 31, Julian de Guzman is the oldest member of Canada's squad. Samuel Piette, 18, is the youngest.
- Goalkeeper Tomer Chencinski and midfielder/forward Stefan Cebara are both attending their first Canadian national team camp.