Japan ‘backs to wall’ for must-win World Cup qualifiers

Japan supervisor Hajime Moriyasu stated his group have their “backs to the wall” in their quote to get approved for the 2022 World Cup as he called his team Thursday for 2 must-win matches.

The Asian heavyweights took just 3 points from their opening 3 components in Group B, however offered themselves hope with a 2-1 house win over second-place Australia last month.

The outcome might well have actually conserved Moriyasu his job, with Japanese media hypothesizing he might have been fired with anything less than a success.

Moriyasu understands his side, who are 4th in Group B with just the leading 2 immediately getting approved for Qatar, cannot pay for any problems in away video games versus bottom-placed Vietnam on November 11 and third-placed Oman 5 days later on.

“I’m aware that we’re in a very difficult situation,” Moriyasu stated, with his group on 6 points from 4 video games, 6 behind group leaders Saudi Arabia and 3 behind Australia and Oman.

“We have our backs to the wall and we have to give everything to give everything to take as many points from our last six games as possible. I strongly believe we can qualify for the World Cup.”

Moriyasu called a 27-man team including Toolbox protector Takehiro Tomiyasu, Liverpool opponent Takumi Minamino and Celtic forward Kyogo Furuhasi.

There was likewise a very first call-up for Kaoru Mitoma, on loan from Brighton at Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise.

However there was no location for assaulting duo Takefusa Kubo of Mallorca or PSV Eindhoven’s Ritsu Doan, with both stopping working to recuperate from the injuries that kept them out of last month’s qualifiers.

Moriyasu stated the brief time to prepare and the heat might be a problem when Japan handle Vietnam in Hanoi next Thursday.

“It will be a different environment to what the players are used to,” he stated.

“It’s very cool in Japan and Europe now and we’re going to have to play in the heat, so we’ll need to pay attention to the players’ condition.”

Japan team for World Cup qualifiers versus Vietnam on November 11 and Oman on November 16:

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Strasbourg/FRA), Shuichi Gonda (Shimizu S-Pulse), Kosei Tani (Shonan Bellmare)

Protectors: Yuto Nagatomo (FC Tokyo), Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria/ITA), Hiroki Sakai (Urawa Reds), Shogo Taniguchi (Kawasaki Frontale), Miki Yamane (Kawasaki Frontale), Sei Muroya (Hannover/GER), Kou Itakura (Schalke/GER), Yuta Nakayama (PEC Zwolle/NED), Reo Hatate (Kawasaki Frontale), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal/ENG)

Midfielders/Forwards: Yuya Osako (Vissel Kobe), Genki Haraguchi (Union Berlin/GER), Gaku Shibasaki (Leganes/ESP), Wataru Endo (Stuttgart/GER), Junya Ito (Genk/BEL), Takuma Asano (Bochum/GER), Takumi Minamino (Liverpool/ENG), Kyogo Furuhashi (Celtic/SCO), Hidemasa Morita (Santa Clara/POR), Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Kaoru Mitoma (Union Saint-Gilloise/BEL), Daizen Maeda (Yokohama F Marinos), Ayase Ueda (Kashima Antlers), Ao Tanaka (Fortuna Dusseldorf/GER)


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.