World Cup 2010: Japan Squad - European Stars In Final Squad For South Africa

The roster has been released early in the Land of the Rising Sun...

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.

Japan Squad

Goalkeepers -
Seigo Narazaki Nagoya Grampus
Eiji Kawashima Kawasaki Frontale
Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi Jubilo Iwata
Defenders -
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
Midfielders -
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)
Forwards -
Keiji Tamada Nagoya Grampus
Shinji Okazaki Shimizu S-Pulse
Takayuki Morimoto Catania (ITA)
Yoshito Okubo Vissel Kobe
Kisho Yano Albirex Niigata