On Tuesday (1 November), Japan selected the 26 players who will represent them at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Although the group is lacking in experience, Japan is betting on the enthusiasm of those players who will be competing at the highest level of men’s football for the first time.
During a press conference that was broadcast live across the country, the manager of Japan’s national team, Moriyasu Hajime, declared that the team is “resilient” and “will fight to the finish.”
“We will not settle for anything less than the quarterfinals as our goal.” We are well aware that getting there will not be an easy task and that we will require the backing of not only our fans but also the entire nation.
It is my sincere hope that the view that we will have when this is all said and done will be superior to those that we have had in the past.
As they prepare to make their eighth consecutive appearance in the World Cup finals, Japan will have their work cut out for them.
They begin their Group E campaign against Germany, which will be followed by Costa Rica and finally Spain in what will be a grudge match due to the fact that they faced each other in the semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021.
Since being designated the national coach after Russia 2018, Moriyasu has called up a total of 122 players, although he has only selected seven players with previous World Cup experience for the competition that will take place between November 20 and December 18.
Full-back Both Nagatomo Yuto and Kawashima Eiji, who plays as the team’s backup goalkeeper, were selected for the fourth time. There is not a single player in the attacking unit who has ever competed in a World Cup before.
Moriyasu fielded thirteen athletes at Tokyo 2020, including the likes of Kubo Takefusa, Mitoma Kaoru, and Tomiyasu Takehiro, but the hosts were defeated by Mexico in the bronze-medal match. Moriyasu ultimately finished in fourth place.
According to Moriyasu, he came to the conclusion that he would go with that morning, when the announcement was made.
When we were making the pick, he continued, “we talked about not having World Cup experience.” “It goes without saying that experience is quite crucial. However, despite their lack of experience, we are putting our faith in the aspirations of those who wish to compete in the World Cup.
Japan will go for the Middle East on November 9, and their last warmup match against Canada is scheduled to take place in Dubai on November 17.
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