Ogasawara named among Japan reserves
Japan offered snubbed midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara a crumb of comfort on Wednesday by naming him among seven standby players for the World Cup
Japan offered snubbed midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara
a crumb of comfort on Wednesday by naming him among seven standby players for the World Cup.
Coach Takeshi Okada had left the J-League player of the year out of his final 23-man squad earlier this week amid reports of a bust-up between the pair.
Ogasawara, who took part at the 2002 and 2006 World Cup tournaments, is unlikely to see Okada's offer as an olive branch after a typically blunt response to his initial omission.
"No, I was taking a nap," he said when asked if he had watched Monday's squad announcement on television.
German-bound midfielder Shinji Kagawa
was also named among Japan's seven reserves for the tournament in South Africa, which kicks off on June 11.
Europe-based trio Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe
and Daisuke Matsui
formed the basis of Okada's squad along with experienced campaigners Shunsuke Nakamura
and Junichi Inamoto.
Japan, who have never won a World Cup game on foreign soil, face Cameroon, the Netherlands and Denmark in Group E.
Japan reserve list
Defenders - Yuhei Tokunaga
(FC Tokyo), Tomoaki Makino
Midfielders - Mitsuo Ogasawara
(Kashima Antlers), Shinji Kagawa
(Cerezo Osaka), Naohiro Ishikawa
Forwards - Tatsuya Tanaka
(Urawa Reds), Ryoichi Maeda
Posted date 15-05-2010
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