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Qatar World Cup 2022: Japan national team roster | Selected players and omissions

Check out Japan’s national team roster for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Every player on the squad, the full calendar and their group rivals.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Kou Itakura of Japan looks on during the Japan Training Session at Al Sadd New Training Facilities on November 22, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images )
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Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu named his 26-man squad for Qatar 2022 on November 14, the deadline day when all lists had to be submitted to FIFA. The majority of his squad are based at clubs in the four major European leagues with eight players currently plying their trade in the Bundesliga.

Japan’s complete roster for the 2022 World Cup


  • Eiji Kawashima (RC Strasbourg, FRA)
  • Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu E-pulse, JAP)
  • Daniel Schmidt (Sint-Truiden, BEL)


  • Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo, JAP)
  • Maya Yoshida (Schalke 04, GER)
  • Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Reds, JAP)
  • Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale, JAP)
  • Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale, JAP)
  • Ko Itakura (Borussia Monchengladbach, GER)
  • Yuta Nakayama (Huddersfield, ENG)
  • Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart, GER)
  • Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal, ENG)


  • Gaku Shibasaki (Leganés, ESP)
  • Wataru Endo (Stuttgart, GER)
  • Hidemasa Morita (Sporting Lisboa, POR)
  • Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt, GER)
  • Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Düsseldorf, GER)
  • Takumi Minamino (AS Monaco, FRA)


  • Junya Ito (Reims, FRA)
  • Takuma Asano (Bochum, GER)
  • Yuki Soma (Nagoya Grampus, JAP)
  • Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton, ENG)
  • Daizen Maeda (Celtic FC, SCO)
  • Ritsu Doan (Freiburg, GER)
  • Ayase Ueda (Cercle Brugge K. S. V., BEL)
  • Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad, ESP)

Japan’s schedule and group in the 2022 World Cup

Group E: Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan

November 23

8:00 am ET Germany vs Japan

November 27

5:00 am ET Japan vs Costa Rica

December 1

2:00 pm ET Japan vs Spain


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