Miyaichi gets Japan World Cup call

Talented Arsenal forward Ryo Miyaichi has been named in Japan's World Cup qualifying squad by head coach Alberto Zaccheroni.

Ryo Miyaichi

Miyaichi, who made his international debut in a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan on Wednesday, is one of 12 European-based players to be given the nod by Zaccheroni ahead of games against Oman, Jordan and Australia.

"Miyaichi's strengths are on the flanks and creating space going forward," Zaccheroni said.

As well as Miyaichi, Kashiwa Reysol defender Hiroki Sakai and FC Tokyo midflelder Hideto Takahashi, who both made their national team debuts as substitutes against Azerbaijan, have also been included in a strong squad that features the likes of Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa and CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda.

In Asia's final round of qualifying for the global get-together in Brazil, Japan play Group B rivals Oman on June 3, Jordan on June 8 and Australia in Brisbane four days later.

The Blue Samurai also have Iraq, led by former Japan coach Zico, for company in their group.

Japan Squad for World Cup Qualifiers vs Oman, Jordan & Australia:

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Lierse), Shusaku Nishikawa (Shimizu), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Yuichi Komano (Jubilo Iwata), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Yuzo Kurihara (Yokohama), Masahiko Inoha (Kobe), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Hiroki Sakai (Kashiwa), Maya Yoshida (Venlo)

Midfielders: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Kengo Nakamura (Kawasaki), Makoto Hasebe (Wolfsburg), Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow), Hajime Hosogai (Bayer Leverkusen), Hideto Takahashi (FC Tokyo)

Forwards: Ryoichi Maeda (Iwata), Shinji Okazaki (Stuttgart), Takayuki Morimoto (Novara), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Ryo Miyaichi (Arsenal), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Cerezo Osaka), Mike Havenaar (Vitesse)



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