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Japan name World Cup squad

There are two surprises in the Japanese World Cup squad, named by their French manager Philippe Troussier. He has decided to pick the experienced striker Masashi Nakayama, who has scored Japan's only ever goal in the World Cup Finals.

The defender Yutaka Akita was also unexpectedly chosen ahead of Yasuhiro Hato. The players will now have to live up the the huge expectation that all home nations face, to come through a tough group including Belgium and Russia.

The complete Japan World Cup squad:

Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Portsmouth), Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya), Hitoshi Sogahata (Kashima), Yutaka Akita (Kashima), Ryuzo Morioka (Shimizu), Toshihiro Hattori (Iwata), Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (Gamba Osaka), Naoki Matsuda (Yokohama), Koji Nakata (Kashima), Hiroaki Morishima (Cerezo Osaka), Hidetoshi Nakata (Parma), Takashi Fukunishi (Iwata), Alessandro Santos (Shimizu), Kazuyuki Toda (Shimizu), Tomokazu Myojin (Kashiwa), Mituso Ogasawara (Kashima), Junichi Inamoto (Arsenal), Shinji Ono (Feyenoord), Daisuke Ichikawa (Shimizu), Takayuki Suzuki (Kashima), Atsushi Yanagisawa (Kashima), Akinori Nishizawa (Cerezo Osaka), Masashi Nakayama (Iwata)

17th May 2002


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