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JEF United and 1998 World Cup defender Eisuke Nakanishi has been named to start against Argentina in the Nov. 20 friendly after winning a call-up for the first time since June 2000, Japan coach Zico announced Monday in Tokyo.

Joining the 20-man squad along with Nakanishi were uncapped Urawa Reds rookie Keisuke Tsuboi and Gamba Osaka midfielder Yasuhito Endo. Yokohama F. Marinos midfielder Yoshiharu Ueno returns to the squad for the first time since the King Hassan II Cup in June 2002.

Reggina midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura and Genk forward Takayuki Suzuki will return to Japan for the game, following last month’s friendly against Jamaica. But midfielders Shinji Ono of Feyenoord, Hidetoshi Nakata of Parma and Junichi Inamoto of Fulham were excluded from the squad due to club commitments.

Jubilo midfielder Hiroshi Nanami and his teammate and defender Toshihiro Hattori were also left out because of their involvement in the J. League second-stage title race.

There was no place either for Vegalta Sendai defender Norio Omura.

Zico also announced his provisional starting lineup: Nagoya Grampus Eight goalkeeper Seigo Narazaki, Nakanishi, Yutaka Akita and Akira Narahashi, both from the Antlers, and Naoki Matsuda of the F. Marinos in defense, Takashi Fukunishi of Jubilo, Koji Nakata and Mitsuo Ogasawara of the Antlers and Nakamura in midfield, Suzuki and Naohiro Takahara as forwards.

“The Argentine players often make tricky, unexpected moves. Each of our players should be aware of this and should be focused on the game to the very end,” Zico said of Argentina. “I will advise my players on some of the characteristics that I know about the Argentine players.”

Jubilo stays top

Second-half substitute Norihiro Nishi rifled home a golden-goal winner as Jubilo Iwata closed in on a historic two-stage double after a 3-2 win over struggling Kashiwa Reysol on Sunday in the J. League first division.

After winning the first stage, Jubilo look odds on to add the second after opening up a four-point gap at the top of the table with just three games remaining.

At Iwata Stadium, Keiji Tamada shocked the home crowd with an individual goal in the 16th minute to put the visitors in front.

But league-leading striker Naohiro Takahara finished off a fine move from short range to level the scores and then grabbed a second just before the break to take his tally for the season to 24.

The equalizer also ensured Jubilo set a new scoring record in the J. League after getting on the scoresheet for the 41st consecutive match in a run stretching back to August last year.

In Sunday’s other game, Kyoto Purple Sanga came from behind for a 2-1 victory at Vegalta Sendai, Shingo Suzuki and Teruaki Kurobe giving the away side the three points.

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