Japan coach Takeshi Okada has named four European-based stars in his final 2010 World Cup squad of 23.Keisuke Honda of CKSA Moscow, Grenoble’s Daisuke Matsui and Makoto Hasebe of VfL Wolfsburg have all made the cut as has Takayuki Morimoto of Serie A outfit Catania.
Shunsuke Nakamura and Junichi Inamoto returned from Europe to the J-League earlier this season in order to get more playing time under their belts and are also part of the 23.
The one surprise at the press conference in Tokyo was the inclusion of veteran goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi as third goalkeeper.
Japan have been drawn in Group E along with the Netherlands, Denmark and Cameroon.
The Samurai Blue kick off their preparations against South Korea on May 24 before heading to Europe and matches with England and Ivory Coast.
|Seigo Narazaki||Nagoya Grampus|
|Eiji Kawashima||Kawasaki Frontale
|Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi||Jubilo Iwata
|Markus Tulio Tanaka||Nagoya Grampus|
|Yuji Nakazawa||Yokohama F Marinos|
|Atsuto Uchida||Kashima Antlers|
|Yuto Nagatomo||FC Tokyo|
|Taiki Iwamasa||Kashima Antlers|
|Yuichi Komano||Jubilo Iwata|
|Yasuyuki Konno||FC Tokyo|
|Shunsuke Nakamura||Yokohama F Marinos|
|Yasuhito Endo||Gamba Osaka|
|Makoto Hasebe||Wolfsburg (GER)|
|Keisuke Honda||CSKA Moscow (RUS)|
|Yuki Abe||Urawa Reds|
|Junichi Inamoto||Kawasaki Frontale|
|Kengo Nakamura||Kawasaki Frontale|
|Daisuke Matsui||Grenoble (FRA)|
|Keiji Tamada||Nagoya Grampus|
|Shinji Okazaki||Shimizu S-Pulse|
|Takayuki Morimoto||Catania (ITA)
|Yoshito Okubo||Vissel Kobe|
|Kisho Yano||Albirex Niigata|