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Japan preliminary squad for World Cup

IANS  |  Tokyo 

Akira announced on Friday that he has included stars and in his preliminary 27-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in

included former AC forward Honda and Shinji Kagawa, who reportedly did not see eye-to-eye with former before he was suddenly sacked in April, following a series of disappointing results, reports

is due to name his final, 23-man quad for the World Cup, which kicks off in June, by May 31.

"I expect to pick squad from these 27 players," Nishino told the media.

"Honda and Kagawa have been core players of the national team, and I have called them up in the hope that they will be able to contribute."

The squad is heavy on experience, with no previously uncapped players included. The group's average age is 28, likely to be among the oldest at the tournament.

face in their final warm up game at home on May 30.

are in Group H alongside Colombia, and Poland, with their opening game against the South Americans on June 19.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 13:42 IST
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