Nadeshiko Japan will play hosts to New Zealand Football Ferns on Thursday 8 May 2014 at the Kincho Stadium in Osaka.
The New Zealand squad arrived in Japan on Saturday ahead of their International friendly match against the reigning world champions Japan.
The Football Ferns head coach Tony Readings selected the following squad to take part in the match: Erin Nayler, Rebecca Rolls, Katie Bowen, Abby Erceg, Anna Green, Megan Lee, Meikayla Moore, Ria Percival, Ali Riley, Rebekah Stott, Betsy Hassett, Katie Hoyle, Annalie Longo, Evie Millynn, Kirsty Yallop, Helen Collins, Sarah Gregorius, Amber Hearn, Rosie White and Hannah Wilkinson. View more information on the New Zealand Football Ferns team selection.
Tony Readings commented on the Japan FA website: “This is the fourth time to be here in Japan following 2009, 2012 and 2013. Every time I come to Japan, I enjoy it very much. I like the kind and friendly hospitality by Japanese people. I like Japan so much that I want to come even every year.
We played each other last year and it was a good competitive match. This match is a great opportunity to see how both teams have progressed. This match is important for us, too, as we move forward to the World Cup qualifier and the Olympics.
I am happy that, by doing this match, we can help Japan to get prepared for the important Asian qualifier, but as for the outcome of the match, we can’t help it.”
Japan have called up the following players for this fixture: FUKUMOTO Miho, KAIHORI Ayumi, YAMANE Erina, KAMIONOBE Megumi, IWASHIMIZU Azusa, ARIYOSHI Saori, UTSUGI Rumi ※1, OSAFUNE Kana, KOHATA Shiho ＊, NORIMATSU Ruka ＊, SAWA Homare, MIYAMA Aya, KAWASUMI Nahomi ※１, SAKAGUCHI Mizuho, KAWAMURA Yuri, KIRYU Nanase ※２, NAKAJIMA Emi, NAOMOTO Hikaru ＊, MARUYAMA Karina,
OGIMI Yuki ※３, SUGASAWA Yuika, TAKASE Megumi, KIRA Chinatsu ＊
＊shows players selected for Japan National Team for the first time
※1 Planning to join the team from the morning practice on 6 May
※2 Planning to join from 9 May
※3 Planning to join between 13 May and 19 May
Japan are preparing for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 qualifiers at the AFC Asian Women’s Cup, they are in Group A alongside Vietnam, Australia and Jordan. Nadeshiko’s opening match is against the Australia Westfield Matildas, view the full AFC Asian Women’s Cup 2014 fixtures.
The AFC Asian Women’s Cup serves as qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015.
View full details about the Nadeshiko Japan squad to compete at the AFC Asian Women’s Cup 2014.
Japan 2-1 New Zealand
Goals: Takase 40′, Yallop 62′, Sugasawa 86′
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