World Cup Rosters: Japan gets down to 23

The latest team to get down to 23 players for the World Cup is Japan.

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The four players cut from the original 27-man squad included Takuma Asano and Yosuke Ideguchi, the two goalscorers from the 2-0 win over Australia that clinched qualification last September.

The new head coach Akira Nishino, who replaced Vahid Halilhodzic this spring, picked three players with more than 100 caps: Yuto Nagatomo, Shinji Okazaki and captain Matoko Hasebe.

Japan Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Eiji Kawashima (Metz/FRA), Masaaki Higashiguchi (Gamba Osaka), Kosuke Nakamura (Kashiwa Reysol).
DEFENDERS: Yuto Nagatomo (Galatasaray/TUR), Tomoaki Makino (Urawa Red Diamonds), Maya Yoshida (Southampton/ENG), Hiroki Sakai (Marseille/FRA), Gotoku Sakai (Hamburg/GER), Gen Shoji (Kashima Antlers), Wataru Endo (Urawa Red Diamonds), Naomichi Ueda (Kashima Antlers).
MIDFIELDERS: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca/MEX), Takashi Inui (Eibar/ESP), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER), Takashi Usami (Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER), Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe/ESP), Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki Frontale).
FORWARDS: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City/ENG), Yuya Osako (FC Cologne/GER), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz/GER).

The 32 teams headed to the 2018 World Cup in Russia have until June 4 to get down from 35 players to 23. Here are the current squads:
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