Japan dropped former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa from the Blue Samurai’s bid to reclaim the Asian Cup, opting as an alternative for a squad crammed with younger Europe-based skills.
Coach Hajime Moriyasu on Wednesday chosen a number of gamers with solely a handful of caps to their names for Asia’s showcase soccer event within the United Arab Emirates beginning in January.
The likes of Ritsu Doan of Groningen, Shoya Nakajima of Portimonense and Takumi Minamino of Salzburg will lead Japan’s bid for a record-extending fifth title.
However there was no place for midfielder Kagawa, 29, now struggling for enjoying time at Borussia Dortmund.
Kagawa has lengthy been among the many main stars of Blue Samurai and at his German outfit, however the attacking participant has discovered himself unable to get common first-team soccer below Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.
He advised Japanese media final month that he wished to maneuver to Spain to tackle a brand new problem.
Moriyasu instructed he had been tempted to show to veterans like Kagawa, however mentioned he wanted to choose gamers of their greatest type.
“After all, I wished assist from skilled gamers, those that went to the Russian World Cup and people who have led Japan for years,” Moriyasu advised a press convention. “Most of the gamers whom we chosen right now have solely restricted experiences. I’ve chosen them with hopes that they’d take the possession of the workforce and construct the nationwide workforce themselves and combat for the title.”
Nonetheless, the younger squad can be supported by Werder Bremen striker Yuya Osako and Galatasaray defender Yuto Nagatomo, each veterans of previous World Cups.
Japan received the Asian Cup in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2011, however failed within the final version, received by Australia in 2015.
“Japan’s nationwide workforce didn’t win the title final time. We’ll reclaim the Asian Cup and produce again the title,” mentioned Moriyasu.