Players guaranteed places

Okada reveals Japan World Cup certs

April 16, 2010
By Soccernet staff
Japan coach Takeshi Okada has revealed that Europe-based players Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe and Daisuke Matsui are guaranteed places in his World Cup squad as long as they stay fit.

Okada views the three players as crucial to Japan's hopes of progressing from a tricky group including Cameroon, the Netherlands and Denmark.

"Their places on the team are not on the line unless there are problems with injury," Okada said before departing for Moscow to begin a three-nation ...

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