Japan 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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Japan 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide
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East Asian giants Japan head into the 2014 World Cup with a point to prove, having greatly impressed at the Confederations Cup last summer only to exit at the group stages.

Alberto Zaccheroni's side must now show that, on the biggest of all footballing stages, they can supply the substance to match their impressive style and performance.

The Samurai Blue have opted to take a fairly young squad to Brazil, with only one survivor from the 2006 World Cup in Germany among their ranks. They will, though, be able to call upon 12 players who ply their trade in some of Europe's biggest leagues.

Who, then, are the 23 men Japan will take to Brazil this summer?

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