Mar 22, 2013; Doha, QATAR; Japan players pose for a photo before the match against Canada at Khalifa Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Arguedas/EFE via USA TODAY Sports

World Cup 2014: Japan final team rosters and starting XI

The World Cup is right around the corner, and Japan finds themselves in a group where they can advance. They named their final 23-man roster well before the deadline in mid-May.

Final 23-man roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Reds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

DEFENDERS: Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

MIDFIELDERS: Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan), Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United)

FORWARDS: Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nurnberg), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Manabu Saito (Yokohama F-Marinos), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich)

Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni

Projected starting 11:

Position Player
GK Eiji Kawashima
RB Atsuto Uchida
CB Masato Morishige
CB Maya Yoshida
LB Yuto Nagatomo
CM Makoto Hasebe
CM Yasuhito Endo
LM Shinji Kagawa
RM Hiroshi Kiyotake
CAM Keisuke Honda
ST Yoichiro Kakitani

How do you think the roster looks and is there anyone who could’ve been on the team that was left off? Do you think this roster has enough talent to make a deep run into the tournament? Sound off and let us know in the comments below, we want to hear from you.

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