Eight players from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga included in Japan’s World Cup squad

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Eight players from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga included in Japan's World Cup squad

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Bundesliga stars Wataru Endo, Daichi Kamada and Ritsu Doan are among the players included in Japan’s World Cup squad.

Ritsu Doan.
Ritsu Doan. Photo: El Loko Foto, CC BY-SA 4.0

Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu has today named his 26-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
A total of eight players – one third of the squad – are playing in Germany: Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart), Ko Itakura (Gladbach, currently injured), Wataru Endo (Stuttgart), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ritsu Doan (Freiburg) and Takuma Asano (Bochum).

Take a look at Japan’s full squad for the World Cup below.

Goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse), Daniel Schmidt (St. Truiden), Eiji Kawashima (Racing Straßburg)

Defenders: Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Red Diamonds), Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04), Takehiro Tomiyasu (FC Arsenal), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Ko Itakura (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Hiroki Ito (VfB Stuttgart), Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield Town)


Midfield: Wataru Endo (VfB Stuttgart), Hidemasa Morita (Sporting Lissabon), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Gaku Shibasaki (CD Leganès), Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton & Hove Albion), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ritsu Doan (SC Freiburg), Junya Ito (Stade Reims), Takumi Minamino (AS Monaco), Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad), Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus)

Strikers: Daizen Maeda (Celtic, Takuma Asano (VfL Bochum), Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brügge)

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