Neutral venue for Japan qualifiers

The September 8 game against Afghanistan would be switched to Tehran, and the match against Syria on October 8 will take place in Oman, according to Japanese officials.

The foreign ministry of Japan has warned its citizens from travelling to Afghanistan or Syria.

Japan are in Group E with Afghanistan, Syria, Cambodia and Singapore. 

The Blue Samurai kick-off their World Cup campaign against Singapore in their first match on June 16 in Saitama.