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Nadeshiko Japan name provisional FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 squad

The current World Champions, led by Norio Sasaki, has announced their provisional FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 squad.

The preliminary squad sees the return of Homare Sawa who was not included in Japan’s recent Algarve Cup squad. Japan finished the 2015 Algarve Cup in 9th place after beating Iceland 2-0 in the play-off, here is a recap of all the Algarve Cup 2015 results and final standings.

Japan will begin their FIFA Women’s World Cup title defence on 8 June against Switzerland in Vancouver, on 12 June they face Cameroon before travelling to Winnipeg on 16 June to take on Ecuador. Check out the full 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup schedule.

Japan provisional squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Goalkeepers:

FUKUMOTO Miho (Okayama Yunogo Bell)
KAIHORI Ayumi (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
YAMANE Erina (JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies)
TAKENAKA Rei (Vegalta Sendai Ladies)
YAMASHITA Ayaka (Nippon TV Beleza)

Defenders:

KINGA Yukari (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
KAMIONOBE Megumi (Albirex Niigata Ladies)
IWASHIMIZU Azusa (Nippon TV Beleza)
SAMESHIMA Aya (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
ARIYOSHI Saori (Nippon TV Beleza)
KITAHARA Kana (Albirex Niigata Ladies)
KAWAMURA Yuri (Vegalta Sendai Ladies)
KUMAGAI Saki (Olympique Lyonnais/France)
MURAMATSU Tomoko (Nippon TV Beleza)
NORIMATSU Ruka (Urawa Reds Ladies)

Midfielders:

SAWA Homare (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
ANDO Kozue (1. FFC Frankfurt/Germany)
MIYAMA Aya (Okayama Yunogo Bell)
KAWASUMI Nahomi (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
SAKAGUCHI Mizuho (Nippon TV Beleza)
UETSUJI Yumi (Nippon TV Beleza)
TANAKA Asuna (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
UTSUGI Rumi (Montpellier HSC/France)
NAGASATO Asano (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam/Germany)
SUGITA Ami (Iga Football Club Kunoichi)

Forwards:

MARUYAMA Karina (Speranza FC Osaka Takatsuki)
OHNO Shinobu (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
OGIMI Yuki (VfL Wolfsburg/Germany)
GOTO Michi (Urawa Reds Ladies)
SUGASAWA Yuika (JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies)
TAKASE Megumi (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
IWABUCHI Mana (FC Bayern Munich/Germany)
YOKOYAMA Kumi (AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies)
KYOKAWA Mai (INAC Kobe Leonessa)
TANAKA Mina (Nippon TV Beleza)

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