Japan national team coach Vahid Halilhodzic has announced his squad for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers against Cambodia and Afghanistan.
Shinji Kagawa, who is currently in form with Borussia Dortmund, was named into the Samurai Blue squad. AC Milan star has also been included after performing as a substitute in the opening game of Italian Serie A this season.
Experienced goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is the notable player that missed out the squad selection as his place is taken by Vegalta Sendai’s Yuji Rokutan, who is looking for the first international appearance.
The four-time Asian champions will host Cambodia at Saitama Stadium on September 3 before heading to Iran to meet Afghanistan on September 8 at Azadi Stadium, Tehran.
Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Yuji Rokutan (Vegalta Sendai)
Defenders: Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Reds), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter), Daiki Niwa (Gamba Osaka), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover), Koki Yonekura (Gamba Osaka), Maya Yoshida (Southampton)
Midfielders: Wataru Endo (Shonan Bellmare), Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin), Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Gaku Shibasaki (Kashima Antlers), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Keisuke Honda (Milan)
Forwards: Shinzo Koroki (Urawa Reds), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz), Kensuke Nagai (Nagoya Grampus), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Takashi Usami (Gamba Osaka).