Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Japan vs England match preview -Nakamura could be miss in this match

May 29th, 2010 No comments

phpoEp9DaThe 31-year-old, who now plays for Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos, was replaced midway through the second half of the 2-0 home defeat to South Korea on Monday and was struggling with a sore ankle during training on Friday.

“Shunsuke needs a bit more time to get back to his best condition and I am not sure if he can play,” Japan coach Takeshi Okada said, according to Kyodo News.

Sunday’s game against England  is Japan’s penultimate warm-up match prior to the start of the World Cup, where the Blue Samurai have been drawn in Group E alongside Holland, Denmark and Cameroon.

The three-time Asian champions are desperate for a positive result against Fabio Capello’s side having lost three of their last four home games.

Plenty for Capello to explore tomorrow with uncertainty still surrounding as many as four different positions in his team to face the USA in England’s first World Cup game. Will be the last chance for a number of fringe players, but also an opportunity to look at Wayne Rooney playing alone as the main central striker. Read more… is proudly powered by WordPress